Toothache can often be due to cavities, perhaps because of untreated tooth decay or where a filling has become loose or has begun to crumble away. Anything that enables bacteria to get into your tooth will greatly increase the chances of it becoming infected and painful. An infected tooth requires treatment as soon as possible as otherwise your condition could worsen and the infection can spread.
Toothache can be utterly miserable but what can you do if you can’t get to an emergency dentist in Downham Market straightaway? A toothache is your body’s way of saying something’s wrong so you do need to take action by contacting a dentist to make an appointment as soon as possible. In the meantime there are is a wealth of home remedies you can try but they should never be relied on as a cure. We’ve only listed a couple below as we do want to stress the need for proper dental care.
Oil of Cloves
One popular and very traditional remedy is to use clove oil which contains eugenol and this is a natural anaesthetic. However this oil does need to be used very carefully and you should never just try and pour it on to the affected tooth as it could worsen the pain, particularly if you get it on your gums or your tongue. All you need do is put a couple of drops onto a piece of cotton wool and placed this against tooth until the pain begins to dissipate.
Warm Salt Water Mouthwash
A warm salt water rinse can be quite comforting and all you need to do is dissolve a teaspoon of salt into a cup or mug of boiling water and allow it to cool slightly. Swirling this mouthwash around for about 30 seconds will help clean away any debris and reduces any swelling. You can use this treatment as often as needed.
So How Will the Dentist Treat Toothache?
We will thoroughly examine the affected tooth and we may carry out various tests to see if it is sensitive to cold. Dental x-rays help us diagnose any infection, enabling our dentist to recommend the most suitable treatment. If the tooth is infected then this will almost certainly involve root canal treatment, an excellent procedure that can help save badly infected teeth. Without root canal treatment the tooth would need to be extracted and this is something we definitely want to avoid wherever possible. This is why we do urge you to seek out an emergency dentist if you do develop toothache as a treatment can be much more successful the sooner it is carried out and we will have a greater chance of being able to save your tooth.