The COVID-19 pandemic has seen many dental practices postponing their services until further notice and although we all stand together amid this crisis, what do you do when you have a sudden dental emergency to deal with? There could be numerous types of dental emergencies such as a broken crown or dental braces and since we can only focus on listing out the guidelines for one particular dental emergency in a single article, we are only going to talk about the most common dental emergency- toothache. Here’s how you can deal with a toothache at home:
- The sensitivity can be decreased by anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It has been found that a combination of ibuprofen and paracetamol is effective so you can take them. There are some indications, however, that ibuprofen can increase COVID-19 symptoms so Paracetamol alone is probably best if you have symptoms. Make sure the prescribed dose isn’t surpassed.
- Desensitizing toothpaste such as Sensodyne can help numb your toothache if your case is mild.
- An anesthetic gel like Orajel applied to the area can aid in numbing pain.
- Clove oil can be sold in natural food shops and can be rubbed with a cotton bud onto the sore tooth. It works well if there is an exposed nerve due to decay decline but you have to put it on the exposed nerve for it to work.
- By keeping your head raised at night as you lie down to go to sleep, the tooth’s blood pressure can increase, which will increase pain. An extra pillow, therefore, will help keep your head up when you’re sleeping.
- Saltwater helps to reduce dental bacteria by developing an acidic atmosphere around the mouth as you swing it up. It can also help dislodge pieces of trapped food that can cause discomfort and help relieve toothache.
- Pain in the tooth will often contribute to swelling. A cold compress can help reduce your swollen face and may also provide some temporary relief from pain. This is particularly useful if you have a chipped tooth or one knocked loose. But if the pain is followed by swollen gums and temperature rise, there could be an infection, and you should get to a dentist immediately for emergency dental care.
Yes, not every dental clinic is completely shut as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. While most services have been postponed until further notice, some dental practices are keeping open on specific days for emergency dental care and Advanced Family Dental is one of them. Get any emergency dental care on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Nashua NH. Book your appointment today.