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Toothaches

Toothaches can be extremely painful. This pain is your body’s way of telling you that there is something wrong with your teeth or gums.

Simple toothaches can often be relieved by rinsing the mouth to clear it of debris and other matter. Sometimes, a toothache can be caused or aggravated by a piece of debris lodged between the tooth and another tooth. Avoid placing an aspirin between your tooth and gum to relieve pain, because the dissolving aspirin can actually harm your gum tissue.

Broken, Fractured, or Displaced Tooth
A broken, fractured or displaced tooth is scary. Quick, decisive action is necessary.

If the tooth has been knocked out, try to place the tooth back in its socket while waiting to see your dentist. It can be rinsed off beforehand, but do NOT scrub it. Call your dentist immediately! Most successful replantations occur in children who have the tooth replaced within an hour of its loss.

First, rinse the mouth of any blood or other debris and place a cold cloth or compress on the cheek near the injury. This will keep down swelling.

If you cannot place the tooth back in its socket, hold the dislocated tooth by the crown – not the root. Next, place it in a container of milk, saline or the victim’s own saliva and keep it in the solution until you arrive at the emergency room or dentist’s office.

For a fractured tooth, it is best to rinse with warm water and again, apply a cold pack or compress. Ibuprofen may be used to help keep down swelling.

If the tooth fracture is minor, the tooth can be sanded or if necessary, restored by the dentist if the pulp is not severely damaged.

If a child’s primary tooth has been loosened by an injury or an emerging permanent tooth, try getting the child to gently bite down on an apple or piece of caramel; in some cases, the tooth will easily separate from the gum.

Common Dental Concerns