Some people find that they have dental pain which comes on gradually, providing them with more than enough time to make a dental appointment and get to see their dentist to find a treatment that works and can help them improve their oral health moving forward.
There are those odd times when the pain is sudden, it can be severe and can leave you rolled up in a ball unable to decide what to do. The problem with dental pain is that it doesn’t go away; it can affect every aspect of your life until you find a treatment.
Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon in the United Kingdom, advised that many people who experience a sudden onset of dental pain aren’t sure what to do. Many rushing to already busy A&E departments out of desperation.
There are times when A&E can assist, such as sudden emergencies when the dentist office is already closed on or weekends. It is also dependent on the type of pain or injury you have.
Lip bites or biting your tongue is one of the most common and painful experiences that provide a sudden onset of pain. In most instances the bleeding will stop and the pain will subside over time. In the rare event that the bleeding is excessive with no signs of slowing down, you need to clean the area, put a cold compress on the area to slow the bleeding and visit your nearest A&E department.
Breaking or cracking a tooth can be exceptionally painful. The first step is to make a dentist appointment for as soon as possible. If it is causing severe pain, most dentists will keep emergency appointments open each day so you can get the urgent treatment you need. It is advisable as you wait to see the dentist that you rinse your mouth with warm water to remove any food and bacteria and then hold a cold compress on the area to numb it.
One of the most common causes of concern is damaging your braces. Damaged braces require an urgent call to your orthodontist. Some damage may need urgent treatment, while others can wait a day or two. If it is causing pain, ensure you advise the surgery so they can fit you in as soon as possible.
If you feel your tooth is loose, this does not mean you have to lose the tooth, according to Tariq Drabu. He recommends that you should take some over the counter pain medication, hold something cold on the tooth, if you are in pain, and make an appointment with your dentist, who may be able to save the tooth.
Another urgent treatment is when you have an accident and knock out one of your teeth. If the tooth is still whole there is a chance it can be saved, but you need to work quickly. Take the tooth by the crown and rinse the root to remove any dirt, do not scrub the root. If you can try and reinsert the tooth into the gum and get to the dentist or A&E as quickly as possible. In the event you cannot get it back into the gum, put the tooth in milk, which will help preserve it as you rush to the dentist or your nearest A&E department.
If you experience sudden tooth pain, this could be caused by a number of factors. Start by rinsing your mouth with warm water and then floss gently around the affected tooth. It is possible something has got caught between the teeth causing the pain. If this doesn’t relieve the pain, then call your dentist immediately to make an emergency appointment.