Karalee Family Dental presents a slideshow giving advice on what to do if you have painful toothache or swelling.
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No one relishes the thought of a dental emergency, and all too often they happen at the worst possible moment - like cracking a tooth on a popcorn kernel during the movie you’ve been waiting all month to see, or falling over and chipping a tooth as you’re on the way to the airport.
However, cracked, chipped, and lost teeth aren’t the only dental emergencies: something that seems as simple as a toothache could wind up with you in the seat at the emergency dentist.
So what should you do if you find yourself with a severe toothache or swelling in the mouth?
The best thing to do when you’re struck with a toothache is to attempt to minimise the pain you are feeling.
If the pain isn’t too severe, you should be able to do this with paracetamol or ibuprofen. If the pain persists, or is too much to handle, try visiting your local pharmacist or doctors to see if they have a more specific and direct way of dealing with your pain until your can visit your dentist. Rinsing your mouth with salt water can also help to temporarily relieve pain.
Remember: pain medication is not the same thing as a treatment. Even if you feel your toothache is getting better after taking medication, you still need to book an appointment with your dentist to make sure that everything is okay.
There are several possible causes for toothaches and swelling that could be the reason for yours.
They could be the cause of a cracked or chipped tooth, a cavity, or a slipped or broken dental crown or filling. Toothaches could also be the result of grinding teeth, sports injuries, sinus infections, or the arrival of wisdom teeth.
Most of these sources mean that you have a bit of time - around a couple of days - before you seriously need to see your dentist. However, if you suspect the swelling in your mouth is an abscess, it is vital to see a dentist as quickly as possible. This is because it could lead to a severe infection in your mouth, and this infection could pass into your bloodstream.