Have you come down with a toothache at 1 AM on a Saturday night?
Here are eight things to try to relieve the pain until you can see a dentist.
Salt Water Rinse
Salt water is a natural way to cleanse your mouth of debris and bacteria, and bring down inflammation. Swish a mixture of salt and warm water gently around your mouth.
Ice is one of the best ways to numb oral pain whether it’s due to an abscess, injury, or swollen gums. It also reduces swelling, a primary cause of pain.
Peppermint Tea Bag
A warm cup of brewed peppermint tea could give you some soothing relief. But you might enjoy the cooling sensation of a damp peppermint tea bag that’s spent a few minutes in the freezer and then used as a compress.
Garlic has natural antibacterial properties. Crush a small amount with some salt and place it on the throbbing tooth.
You might not have clove oil handy, but it is a great natural anesthetic. Its active ingredient is a substance called eugenol, which is also found in dental materials. Dab a little clove oil on your sore tooth.
Peroxide is dangerous if swallowed, so mix only a small amount with equal parts of water, swish for 30 seconds, and then rinse your mouth out thoroughly with plain water. The peroxide can help calm a raging infection in your tooth or gums.
Whether your tooth starts to feel better or not after trying these remedies, you should still schedule an emergency dental appointment as soon as possible. Teeth don’t usually hurt without good cause and your dentist can help you figure out and treat the problem at its source, before bigger issues show up.
Posted on behalf of:
3350 Riverwood Pkwy #2120
Atlanta GA 30339
With the holiday season fast approaching, you’re already making arrangements for spending time off with friends and family.
Whether Thanksgiving or Christmas break have you headed to a ski resort or more tropical climates, you may be planning to spend your vacation time away from home.
A dental emergency doesn’t always happen when it’s convenient for you.
What should you do if a filling pops out over vacation while you’re away from your dentist?
Patch Up the Hole
First, check to see whether it was just the filling or if some tooth came off with it.
If you aren’t in extreme pain or bleeding, then the fracture can probably wait to be repaired when you get back home in a few days.
Check out the nearest drugstore for a temporary dental cement. This is the best thing to do since it will stabilize your tooth, reduce sensitivity, and prevent food from getting stuck.
No temporary cement to be found?
The next best option is sugar-free chewing gum. Chew up a small piece and then pack it into the hole in your tooth. This will likewise help protect your tooth as well as save your tongue from any sharp edges.
See a Dentist, Any Dentist!
If you won’t be back in town within the week, it’s best to go see a local dentist. Even if your tooth doesn’t hurt, you want it examined and x-rayed to check for internal damage.
As long as the dentist gives the okay, you may opt to just get a temporary filling right there at the office. Then, you can find a more permanent solution when you are able to visit your regular dentist.
Posted on behalf of:
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
Just because you’re heading out of town for a few days is no excuse to leave your oral hygiene routine behind. From forgetting toothpaste to a real dental emergency, here’s how to keep your smile healthy even when you’re away from home.
Get the right-sized toothbrush travel case. Make sure it has some ventilation. If your brush is packed tightly into a case that it can’t move or “breathe” in, then it will never dry out. This makes for the perfect environment for bacteria to flourish.
Air out your toothbrush. Speaking of drying out, set aside time for your toothbrush to enjoy some fresh air. You could leave it on a sunny windowsill (window closed, of course) or on the dash of your car. Too much time spent in a dark travel bag will make your brush quite icky.
Stock up on travel-sized products. You can get any dental product in a travel-friendly quantity. There’s no excuse for not having some toothpaste on hand when it fits so neatly in your purse or glove compartment in your car.
Brush without toothpaste. It does happen – from time to time we forget the toothpaste. Even then, brushing without toothpaste is still effective and necessary to reduce plaque levels.
Have a backup plan. Keep a couple toothbrushes handy in your luggage in case you lose or misplace one at a hotel. Let your dentist know you’ll be out of town if it’s going to be a lengthy trip. Research other dentists in your destination area to find out who you can visit in the event of a dental emergency.
With these tips, you’ll experience a safe trip full of healthy smiles!
Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
It’s hard to miss it when it happens – the look and feel of a broken crown is almost impossible to ignore. Here’s what you need to know in case this happens to you.
Why You Should Do Something About It
Some crowns are coated with a thin porcelain layer while the underlying tooth is protected by a metal layer. When this cap fractures, it’s more unsightly than it is harmful. But other crowns can directly open up your tooth pulp to infection if compromised.
How It Happens
Crown are usually fractured as the result of accidentally biting onto a hard ice cube or popcorn kernel in just the wrong way.
It’s also very common for a cap to break down simply because it was ready to go. Many years of wear takes a toll on even the toughest restoration. The lifespan of your crown may be shortened further if you tend to grind or clench your teeth together. Because of this, a crack can start slowly and suddenly fracture all at once.
What To Do When Your Crown Breaks
How badly is your crown broken? See if you can move it around. If it’s very loose, try to remove it so that you don’t swallow it.
There’s usually no need to visit the emergency room over a broken dental cap. Contact your dentist to schedule a emergency dental visit within the next week. If you have bleeding or extreme sensitivity associated with the fracture, you should see your dentist as soon as possible.
In some cases, an entirely new crown is necessary. Your dentist will let you know what can be done to repair and save your damaged crown.
Posted on behalf of:
The Newport Beach Dentist
1901 Westcliff Drive #6
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Oral pain should never be ignored. Even mild mouth discomfort can be the first sign of a bigger problem. It’s important to notify your dentist for prompt care, if you’re suffering from a dental emergency!
What Can You Do?
When a dental emergency occurs, your immediate reaction is important! While you wait for expert care, here’s a few helpful tips for the most common oral concerns:
Call Your Dentist!
While these tips may be helpful for your dental emergency, the most important thing you can do is call your dentist right away. Don’t endure oral discomfort, especially when your dental health is at risk!
Posted on behalf of:
Linda King, DDS MAGD
4146 Georgia 42
Locust Grove, GA 30248
Do you have a toothache at night time? You probably want to call your dentist right away, but at the same time, you don’t want to bother your dentist after office hours. So what should you do in cases like this? After hour calls to your dentist should be reserved for dental emergencies only. How do you know if you have an emergency or if it can wait?
If you answer yes to the following questions, you may have a dental emergency that warrants making a phone call:
If you are in pain, unable to speak, or are too embarrassed to be seen in public because of your situation – then it probably warrants a call to your dentist. Most offices will accept emergency calls and return your message very quickly to let you know what to do next. If it is a true emergency, it may be necessary to meet you in the office. Thankfully in most cases, your dentist can arrange to have you come in during the next business day.
Many dental emergencies can be prevented by seeing your dentist regularly. Routine checkups and exams identify problems before they have a chance to get worse. If you do have an emergency situation, call your dentist immediately. All other dental concerns can probably wait until regular office hours to be addressed.
Posted on behalf of:
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
If you are surprised by finding something unusual going on in your mouth, then calling your dentist as soon as possible is a natural reaction. There are some dental “emergencies,” however, that can wait a few days until a convenient appointment time opens up. When do you drop everything and run to the dentist? When you have some time on your side? These guidelines can help.
Wait it out – some discomfort is connected to sensitivity from receding gums, or several teeth may ache because of strong clenching habits.
Call the dentist – severe, or lingering pain, especially if it is connected to temperature changes or bite-pressure, or if it is focused to one particular tooth.
Wait it out – some bleeding on brushing and flossing can be a simple indicator of gingivitis. This is reversed with proper oral hygiene, and a routine dental cleaning.
Call the dentist – if there is nonstop bleeding following a dental procedure or surgery.
Lost filling/crown or fractured tooth:
Wait it out, but not for long – if the damaged area is not sensitive, you may be able to wait, but no longer than a couple of weeks to have the area restored. Never ignore a damaged tooth for long, even if it doesn’t bother you.
Call the dentist RIGHT AWAY – swelling of the cheek, jaw, or noticing any single spots of swelling on your gums could be a sign of dental abscess.
Visit your dentist regularly for routine exams to stay informed of your dental needs. Your dental team is always ready to answer your questions!
Posted on behalf of:
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
Did you know that certain parts of the year could make you and your family more at risk for dental injuries and emergencies?
Sports and athletic activities are more common in warmer weather months like the summer. The weather feels good, so people get out and get active. That also means there is more of a chance of accidents like falling, getting hit, or coming into contact with someone else. Wearing a professionally fitted mouth guard can prevent accidental tooth fractures, lip lacerations, and even concussions.
Time at the Pool
Wet environments mean more people slip and fall, especially at water parks, pools, or in backyard activities. Falls in the bathroom (from a wet floor) are one of the top causes of broken teeth, but summertime slips and bumps are a risk as well.
First Things First
If you’ve busted or broken a tooth, you need to get to the dentist as quickly as possible, even if it isn’t convenient. Place the tooth in a cup of milk or water to keep it moist. Some adults even hold the tooth inside of their cheek if they are desperate (just be sure not to swallow it!) Professional care within one hour offers the best possible outcome for getting the broken tooth back in place.
If you experience dental trauma this year, it’s ok. You might feel scared or anxious about what to do, but your dentist is already prepared. Call your dentist right away to see how quickly you can be seen. Don’t wait until it’s too late – get the care your smile needs to keep it healthy for many more summers to come.
Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
Some types of urgent situations or illness can leave you wondering “should I call my doctor?” or “can my dentist help me?” If you’ve had these questions go through your mind, you are not alone.
A lot of people forget that dentists don’t just fix teeth – they are actually specialists of tissues in and around the mouth, head and neck. You can even have your dentist check your lymph nodes during an exam, or screen for skin cancer on your face!
Swelling in and around the mouth can be extremely painful, but may not warrant a trip to the emergency room. It could be caused by an abscessed tooth or infection that your dentist can quickly diagnose.
Infections Inside of Your Mouth
Ulcers, growths on your tongue or even bacterial infections are all easily recognized by your dentist. If you are contemplating making a trip out of the way to see a physician for something like this, your dentist may be able to offer you a quicker diagnosis and care recommendation.
Let’s say you had an accident that resulted in a busted lip and a broken tooth. Where do you go first? Most people would go to the emergency room, but it’s actually your tooth that needs the quickest response in care. Not only that, but your dentist can also help by suturing your lip and numbing the area to eliminate pain!
If you find yourself experiencing discomfort in or around your mouth, consider calling your dentist. Even if you aren’t sure whether or not it is appropriate, one of the team members can answer any questions that you may have.
Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
Unfortunately, all emergencies are pretty much unplanned. Dental emergencies like a chipped, cracked, or broken tooth or any kind of abscess are often incredibly painful. Many people who have a dental emergency find that they cannot simply wait days or weeks to have it taken care of. Their mouths are burning with pain, or they cannot eat or drink without severe discomfort – and they cannot live like that for long.
Most dental practices work in room into their schedules to account for dental emergencies. Dentist understand how highly sensitive the mouth is and will generally make every effort to see patients with dental emergencies the day that they call. Dental emergencies like an injury to the tooth or gums or an infection can be potentially serious, and dentists want their patients to understand this so that they will not ignore it.
Because of the serious oral health and general health problems that can result from dental emergencies, it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible. An abscess, for example, is an infection that occurs around the root of a tooth or in between teeth and gums. Abscesses can damage the tissue surrounding the teeth, and if the infection is left untreated, the infection can travel to other parts of the body through the soft tissue.
All forms of oral pain should be evaluated by a dentist promptly. Whether you know the cause (e.g. a knocked out tooth) or not, your dentist is the one who can not only alleviate your discomfort, but find the root cause of the problem. Dental emergencies need prompt attention in order to keep the teeth and mouth healthy. Don’t delay in seeing your dentist for anything that concerns you.
Posted on behalf of Dr. David Janash, Park South Dentistry
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