You May Need Temporary Relief

By Kendra L. Patterson, DMD | Dental Clinic

May 24

Many over the counter remedies claim to relieve the “minor pain” from toothache, etc, but if you’re the one suffering from that pain it can seem pretty major. There are some otc products that will soothe your discomfort temporarily, but the best thing you can do is to see your dentist as soon as he can fit you in. Most dental offices set aside time in the daily schedule just in case of emergencies, so you shouldn’t have to wait long.

Ibuprofen and aspirin are both popular painkillers but be sure to read the label and follow the recommended dosage. Never place an aspirin tablet directly onto your tooth, it will not help with the pain and it could irritate the sensitive gum tissue.

Hot, cold, hot, cold. Some people find that alternating between a heating pad and an ice bag helps to relieve tooth pain. Switch off every fifteen minutes or so.

Don’t make things worse. Since tooth decay or gum disease can increase sensitivity you should avoid hot drinks or very cold foods until you can get professional treatment.

If you’ve lost a filling or crown look for something called a “temporary filling kit” at your local pharmacy. It contains a protective material that guards against further irritation. Once in place the “filling” should only be removed by your dental professional.

The office of Kendra L. Patterson DMD is prepared to meet your emergency needs. Call 303-722-0504.

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