Dental emergencies are common and sometimes unavoidable. Emergency dental care is an important part of the daily schedule of any dentist. While periodontal problem is the most widespread reason for seeking emergency intervention, dental emergencies also arise due to dental trauma following an accident. When a sudden dental problem occurs, do not panic. Maintain your calm and rush to your dentist’s clinic. And in case, a sharp toothache strikes in an unearthly hour or when you are on a vacation, try some time tested home remedies that can provide temporary relief from the dental problem.
Emergency dental care at home for toothache
If you ignored your oral health for a prolonged period, then you have a higher risk of developing periodontal problems that may lead to toothache, gum inflammation, bleeding gum and other dental problems that would force you to seek an emergency appointment with a dentist. In the meantime, you can curb the pain with an over-the-counter pain relief medication. The anti-inflammatory analgesics offer additional benefit of reducing the inflammation of the gum. Rinsing the mouth with warm saline solution may help to ease the toothache. Salt water is a natural disinfectant that kills bacteria responsible for your oral problems. Rinsing also helps to flush out food particles or debris trapped in between the teeth.
Oil of clove is a time tested home remedy for toothache. It contains eugenol, a chemical that numbs the nerve endings, thereby reducing the dental pain.
To reduce further dental problems before you visit your trusted dentist, avoid the affected area while eating.
However, none of the aforementioned emergency dental care solutions can provide permanent relief from the dental problem that triggers pain. Your dentist is the only person who can provide a permanent solution to your dental problem.
Emergency dental care for broken tooth
The excruciating pain that a person experiences after breaking a tooth is due to the exposed area or the dentin. If you are seeking for a temporary relief before visiting your trusted dentist, consider covering the exposed area with a sugar free gum. You might even find kits in your neighborhood drug store that covers exposed dentin. But this sealant can provide relief only for a day or two.
If you failed to preserve the broken pieces of the tooth, there is no need to worry. Your dentist can easily repair it with a crown. Root canal treatment is another popular option for covering the exposed area.