We all experience a toothache or mouth pain from time to time, but for the most part, it is something that we can deal with until we can get into the dentist. In other cases, an injury or other problem can become very painful, and the cause might not be obvious.
For example, if the nerve becomes exposed in one of your teeth or you have food lodged in a cavity, or if you have an abscess that needs treatment, you might experience sudden and intense pain. Without treatment, this pain could worsen with time.
What Should You Do if You Experience Severe Tooth Pain?
The first thing that you need to do if you experience severe pain in your mouth is to assess the damage? Can you see anything that looks amiss? Has a crown popped off, or is there a crack in your tooth? Do you notice something lodged in between your teeth and the gums?
If the problem is something that you can take care of by yourself, go ahead and do so, but if not, make sure that you call your dentist to set up an appointment.
Until you can get in for your appointment, there are a few things that you can do to ease your symptoms and improve your comfort level:
Rinse out your mouth with a solution of warm water and salt in order to ease the pain
Use over the counter pain relievers like Tylenol or Advil
Floss your teeth to see if there is something lodged between them that could be causing the problem
Place an ice pack on the side of your face that hurts to relieve pain and swelling
Ultimately, your dentist will be the one to determine exactly what the problem is and to offer a long-term solution. Just remember that even if your pain goes away on its own, you still need to follow up with your dental office.
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