Managing Pain from a Sore Tooth Until We Can See You
Posted on 11/16/2020 by Dr. Wendy Spektor
Toothaches are the result of inflammation in the pulp of your tooth, and the subsequent pressure on the nerves located within it. The inflammation is caused by infection, which usually happens because there are holes in the enamel and dentin that allow bacteria to get into the pulp. Enamel damage is usually a result of tooth grinding, cavities/tooth decay, or a broken/fractured tooth. However, the only way we can accurately diagnosis what is going on within your mouth is to have you come in to see us. Until then, here are a couple of things you can do to manage that pain until you can see us.
Temporary Pain Reduction
When you come in for your appointment, we will diagnose the problem, possibly utilizing x-rays to determine the amount of tooth decay and inflammation; additionally, sensitivity, pulp testing, and tooth taping techniques may be used to determine the extent of your inflammation and pulp damage. In the meantime, you can apply the following procedures to minimize the pain that you are experiencing due to your sore tooth.
Over-the-counter pain relievers can help bring your sore tooth to a more tolerable level; try ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Additionally, there are OTC oral gels that you can apply directly to the tooth and gum region where you are experiencing pain. Rinsing your mouth with salt water (half a teaspoon of salt with 8 ounces of water) will also create a less acidic environment that kills bacteria and reduces inflammation. Eating and drinking hot and cold, acidic, and chewy products could aggravate your nerves, so it is best to avoid them.
We hope that these methods will help reduce the tooth pain that you're experiencing, and we look forward to diagnosing and fixing the problem that is causing it during your next visit.