About Toothaches

Many times simple toothaches are relieved by thoroughly rinsing the mouth to clear it of debris. A piece of debris lodged between teeth can cause or aggravate a toothache. Don’t place an aspirin between your tooth and gum to relieve pain. A dissolving aspirin could harm your gum tissue.

Broken, Factured, or Displaced Tooth

Should you suffer a broken, fractured or displaced tooth don’t be alarmed, simply take quick, decisive action.

Place the tooth back in its socket, if it’s been knocked out, while you’re waiting to see your dentist. Rinse your mouth of any blood or debris. To keep swelling to a minimum, place a cold cloth or compress on the cheek near the injury.

If you’re having trouble getting the tooth back in its socket, be sure to hold the dislocated tooth by the crown. Do not hold it by he root. To care for the tooth, place it in a container of warm milk. You can also use saline or your own saliva. Be sure you keep it in the solution until you’re at the emergency room or the dentist's office.

If the tooth is fractured, you should rinse it with warm water. Then apply a cold pack or compress to control potential swelling. Ibuprofen may also be used to minimize any swelling. 

If the pulp is not badly damaged and the tooth fracture is minor, the tooth can be sanded and if it’s needed, the dentist will restore it.

In the case of a child, should a primary tooth be loose due to an injury or possibly an emerging permanent tooth, have the child gently bite down on an apple or piece of caramel. The tooth should separate from the gum.