There you are, enjoying the start of your holiday vacation and wrapping up loose ends before Christmas, when all the sudden you notice a dull, throbbing sensation in your mouth. You have a toothache! Now, not only are you worried about your holiday being ruined, but you’re not sure what to do because dental offices are closed for the holidays. Not to worry – you’ll be glad to know there are several things you can do to manage the pain and enjoy the holidays until you can be seen by an emergency dentist in Irving. Keep reading to learn more!
If you have facial swelling, you can apply a cold compress or ice pack to the area for 20 minutes at a time several times a day. This will ease the pain and reduce the swelling and inflammation in the area. It’s also helpful if you’ve chipped a tooth or have a loose tooth.
It’s important to note, however, that swelling usually indicates an infection that can spread to other areas of the body and become very dangerous if left untreated. Always make sure to call and schedule the earliest possible appointment. Even if the office is closed, someone will be checking messages so they can get back to you.
Swish With Saltwater
Saltwater is a wonderful remedy because it’s safe, inexpensive and effective. It’s also something that everyone has on hand at home. Start by gently flossing the area, then add about ½ tablespoon of salt to 8 ounces of warm water and gently swish for 30 seconds before spitting. You can safely swish several times a day.
Salt water will kill bacteria, soothe the soft tissues in your mouth, and promote healing of any inflamed areas.
Use an Over-the-Counter Pain Reliever
Acetaminophen is often recommended for children, and adults can take the pain reliever of their choice (ibuprofen usually works particularly well for oral pain). Use as directed and avoid putting aspirin directly on the area – this old wives’ tale isn’t effective and can actually irritate the area.
If you have any clove oil, you can apply a small amount to the area with a cotton swab or add a few drops to some water and swish and spit. It’s been shown to be an effective anesthetic for painful or irritated tissues.
Over-the-Counter Pain Relieving Gel
These gel and liquid anesthetic formulas are great for short-term relief of tender or painful gums. Just apply directly to the affected tooth and surrounding gum tissue until you can be seen.
Don’t Forget To Schedule With An Emergency Dentist ASAP
These temporary fixes are a great way to manage any pain you might have from a dental emergency in Irving over the holidays, but don’t forget that it’s important to get care as soon as possible to address the root of the problem!
About the Author
Dr. Natalie Stimpson is a general and emergency dentist in Irving who combines many years of experience with a warm, reassuring chairside manner to provide outstanding emergency care, no matter the situation. With late night and weekend hours, she makes being available a priority in her practice. If you have any questions about managing pain from a toothache, she can be reached via her website or at (972) 476-2121.