Although we live in modern times, the age of technology and progress, no one still discovered a magic pill for ending teeth sufferings. Because nothing can irritate, bother and disturb everyday functioning as a toothache. And we shouldn’t forget the (usually reasonless) fear of dentists, which is equally represented in both children and adults.
You know about the claim that it’s too late to visit a dentist when a tooth starts to hurt because the damage has already been done? That is why proper hygiene and regular dental control are of crucial importance. None of us is clairvoyant and can’t predict when something will happen to our teeth.
Regular and timely prevention and choosing a top dental office for your familyare indeed half the health; however, sometimes unexpected situations can occur. Maybe we broke a tooth, or a tooth filling just dropped out. We do need a dentist then, but what if that happens in the night or during the weekend, and there’s no on-call dental clinic nearby? Then we must take all measures to ease the period until seeing the dentist, but this should in no way postpone the visit or dental intervention.
If You Break Your Teeth
A breaking of the tooth can happen for many reasons. Everyone can break or lose a healthy tooth just like that. Whatever the degree of injury is, the first and foremost thing is not to panic. Dental techniques of repairing, placing of new fillings, and putting implants are so perfected today that your tooth will look better than before.
If you have managed to save a broken part of your tooth, the dentist can restore it (if the tooth is healthy). In case you can’t find the missing part or your entire tooth has fallen out, implanting is required.
The good thing about broken teeth is that it doesn’t hurt in most cases, although it can produce a slightly unpleasant sensation of sharpness in the mouth. If there is any pain, some mild analgesic like paracetamol will help.
Also, sensitivity to warm, cold, sweet, or dull pain due to exposure to the air may occur. The main advice is to avoid chewing food on that side and to use straw for drinking. Also, brush your teeth more often so that the rest of the food doesn’t fall into the hole if your tooth is hollow. And rinse your mouth with sage tea to prevent bacteria development.
More tips about relieving pain in case of broken tooth find here: https://www.verywellhealth.com/toothache-relief-from-a-cracked-or-broken-tooth-1059317.
If the Filling Drops Out
A dropping of the filling is a common event, although some doctors claim that the seal should last, at least, five years. The dental filling is made of materials that, like everything, are shrinking in the cold and expanding in heat.
When the dentist fills your tooth, the composite adjusts to body temperature. So when you eat and drink something hot or cold, a change in temperature happens and the seal slowly cracks. First on the microscopic level, and it will be cracking further until it finally slackens and drops.
The tooth remains open and sensitive to irritation, especially if the filling drops shortly after the intervention. If, however, the seal falls after a while, it is possible that the bacteria already penetrated through the cracks and cause tooth decay.
It is clear that going to the dentist is inevitable, but if this is not feasible, you can put some toothpaste into the hole, as the first aid. The fluoride will temporarily fill the gap, and before that, it is desirable to wash it with salt water or three-percent hydrogen.
If Tooth Gets Infected
We repeat, once the tooth starts to hurt, it means that tooth decay has been there for a while. It may not be visible, but it has damaged the dental glaze and begun to destroy the interior of the teeth. In this case, treatment should never be done on your own, but while you wait for an appointment with your dentist, you can use some ingredients from your kitchen to relieve pain.
The first thing that comes to your mind is painkillers. Ask the pharmacist what medicines you can use in this case, but be careful if you take some additional therapy. If there are reasons not to use medication, ice will help in pain reducing, when you apply it to the outside of the painful place.
One of the best things is the salt solution (two tablespoons of sea salt diluted in a cup of warm water), which is a quick and practical way to ease the pain. Keep it in the mouth for several minutes, and spit it out. Because it is too salty, it can cause nausea and vomiting.
Dental emergencies usually occur at inconvenient moments. You can relieve the pain currently, however, none of the listed home-remedies will solve the cause of the problem. Therefore, try to see the dentist as soon as possible, in order to make the healing process more effective.