If you are in pain, call our office immediately. We’ll ask you a couple of questions about the nature and location of the pain, then find you a suitable appointment at the earliest opportunity. The priority is always to have you pain-free as quickly as possible, and in the meantime, there are a number of self-help measures you can take to keep comfortable.
If You Have a Toothache:
Here are a few steps you can do at home to try to relieve the pain:
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Nurofen or Panadol (please make sure you are not allergic to either). However, be aware that you need to see me as soon as possible. If you mask the pain and ignore it, the infection can spread and could become very serious.
If the pain is caused by debris lodged in a cavity, washing the area may relieve the problem.
Floss your teeth, and then run a toothpick around the gum line. This may remove debris that’s lodged under the gum.
Putting an ice pack on your face over the area that hurts may relieve the pain. Apply the ice for 10 to 20 minutes of every hour, as necessary.
If you will be travelling on a plane, the change in pressure when the plane takes off or lands may make you feel less comfortable. You should see me before travelling by air.
If You Have a Broken Tooth:
If the tooth is sharp, you can temporarily use orthodontic wax or a sugar free chewing gum to cover sharp spots.
If an area is bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops.
Apply a cold compress to the cheek or lips over the broken tooth. This will help reduce swelling and relieve pain.
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
If Your Tooth Has Fallen Out (avulsed tooth):
If you have lost a tooth playing sport or as a result of some other trauma, the best thing to do is to suck it clean and reposition it back into the socket. Do not worry about infections as you will require antibiotics anyway.
Call us urgently on (03) 9510 5597. If you are unable to reposition the tooth in the socket, the tooth can also be placed in milk, however keeping the tooth inside the mouth (between cheek and gums) is best as the saliva will help preserve the tooth.
Do not rinse your mouth or tooth with water as this can damage the tooth.