Dental Advisor: Immediate Help
Teeth are so important to our health and mental wellness. Teeth give us confidence, give us our smile, teeth help define who we are and what people think about us. So, when something goes wrong with them, it may seem like it’s the end of the world. Who has time for that? “OnCall Dental is here to help and to get you to go to the right dentist.” You can find a qualified dentist using our find a dentist tool and understand pricing in your area using our cost estimator tool
Tooth aches that require a root canal can occur for many reasons, but there are two main reasons, inflammation and infection.
1. Inflammatory conditions tend to make the tooth very temperature sensitive that leads you to avoid using the tooth. Often times this tooth will wake you up in the middle of the night or start hurting when you’re doing nothing at all. Although this is a very painful experience , a dentist can quickly correct the problem by removing the pulp and recovery is usually quite speedy.
2. Infect teeth generally cause a dull aching radiating pain that is hard to localize. X-rays are usually necessary to help the dentist identify the culprit. The infected tissue resides inside the root and can contaminate the surrounding tissue that can lead to bone loss and facial swelling. A dentist may have to medicate the canals and put you on antibiotics to help resolve the infection prior to finishing the root canal treatment.
The best pre treatment home remedy is to take up to 2 Tylenol and 4 Ibuprofen as long as it is not medically contraindicated every 4-6 hours. Patients have claimed limited success using oils such as peppermint , eugenol, or topical anesthetics such as ambsol. You should be aware the sooner you reach out to a dentist the better, there is no substitute for treatment
• Most facial swellings are due to infection. Please see an OnCall dentist (or local dentist) immediately to treat the cause of the swelling with antibiotics and/or to recive treatment performed by a trained dentist/hospital emergency department.
• Place ice pack on the affected area 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off, 20 minutes on for pain relief and reduction of swelling.
• You can start on over-the-counter medication. We suggest up to 800mg of ibuprofen (Advil) every 4-6 hours (do not exceed 3200mg in 24 hours).
• If you have an allergy to aspirin, you can take 1000mg of acetaminophen (Tylenol) (do not exceed 4000mg in a 24-hour period – if you have kidney or liver disease, make sure to discuss treatment with your doctor).
• Save pieces of the teeth in a moist medium: best in a saline solution.
• Contact an OnCall dentist to discuss repair.
• Find the missing tooth/teeth and pick it up by the crown. Avoid touching the root.
• Place the tooth/teeth in a moist environment: preferably a saline solution, but if one isn’t available, you can place the tooth in your mouth(but DO NOT SWALLOW THE TOOTH).
• Get to theOnCall dentist immediately for replantation. Less than an hour is optimal.