Whether or not you ever feel that much pain, you should promise to floss daily because tooth decay is at the root of most toothaches. Good dental hygiene, together with regular cleanings and dental checkups, works like nothing else to prevent decay and the toothache caused by it.
Toothache can also be caused by cracked teeth, hypersensitive teeth, food stuck between the teeth, or old and crumbling dental work. Sometimes pain in the upper teeth may be caused by sinusitis. So once again, donít put off your regular checkups.
Act quickly. The longer a tooth is out of its socket, the harder it is to sucessfully reimplant.
If the tooth is dirty, gently rinse with water. Do not scrub, and remember plug the sink.
Replace the tooth, even though it wonít be securely anchored, by gently teasing it back into its socket, Hold the tooth in place while you get to dentist or emergency department.
If you canít replace the tooth in its socket, put it in a glass of milk.
It milk is not available, place the tooth in plastic wrap or a wet towel.
Do not allow the tooth to dry out in the air.
: A chipped tooth, though inconvenient, is seldom a serious medical problem. However, your bite may have been affected, since a blow hard enough to chip may also cause other problems. There are a variety of ways to fix this physical and cosmetic problem.
: For temporary relief of pain, rinse your mouth with warm salt water and take an anti-inflammatory medication such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, Tempra, or a generic) or ibuprofen (Advil, Nuprin, or a generic) to relieve the pain. If there is any swelling, Seek dentist advice.
Signs and Symptoms
Self Care Steps
- Toothache and fever, earache, or pain when opening mouth.
- Loss of a permanent tooth.
- Any toothache.
First figure out if your tooth pain is caused by an object or food particle wedged between your teeth. Try to remove it by flossing carefully. If this doesnít work, consult a dentist. Donít try to remove a tightly wedged particle on your own. You could do even more damage.
Apply small amounts of oil of cloves to the tooth. Also called eugenol, oil of cloves is a non-prescription remedy available at drug stores. Over-the-counter anesthetic gels with benzocaine can also be used to numb tooth pain.
If your gums become swollen, an infection may be present. Apply a cold pack the side of the cheek to reduce the swelling and pain. Ice cubes wrapped in a towel will work. If nothing else is available, hold a cold can soda to your cheek.
If your pain lingers, call your dentist as soon as possible. Swelling should always be seen by your dentist immediately.