I have a toothache or swelling – what should I do?

Severe toothache or swelling should be looked at by a dentist immediately. Pain is generally your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong, and the faster we are able to catch a problem, the faster we’ll be able to stop the problem from getting even worse.

Contact us for an emergency appointment with one of our dentists. In the meantime, there are steps you can take to make the pain more manageable:

  • Avoid eating or chewing on the side of your mouth that is experiencing the pain.
  • Swish with a bit of salt and warm water; salt is a natural disinfectant and can help reduce tissue swelling.
  • You may want to stick to soft or liquid foods, as well as avoid food or drink that is extremely hot or cold, as many dental problems can cause heightened sensitivity to temperature.
  • Take a pain medicine such as ibuprofen (if allowed), but be careful to stick to the recommended dosage.
  • Avoid putting aspirin or any other painkiller as a topical agent; painkillers should not be placed on your gums near the tooth, as they may potentially burn the gum tissue.

Don’t put up with dental pain or worrying problems – call us today!

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