Toothaches Revised

Symptoms may include tooth pain that is sharp, throbbing, or constant. In some people, pain results only when pressure is applied to the tooth. See your dentist as soon as possible if you have a toothache that lasts longer than 1 or 2 days, your toothache is severe, or you have a fever, earache, or pain upon opening your mouth wide.

A toothache is a pain in or around a tooth that may be caused by tooth decay or fracture, a damaged filling, infected gums or teeth, or even repetitive motions such as chewing gum or grinding teeth. Symptoms may include tooth pain that is sharp, throbbing, or constant. In some people, pain results only when pressure is applied to the tooth. See your dentist as soon as possible if you have a toothache that lasts longer than 1 or 2 days, your toothache is severe, or you have a fever, earache, or pain upon opening your mouth wide.

Broken, Fractured, or Displaced Tooth

A broken, fractured or displaced tooth is usually not a cause for alarm, as long as decisive, quick action is taken.

If the tooth has been knocked out, try to place the tooth back in its socket while waiting to see your dentist.

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

If you cannot locate the tooth back in its socket, hold the dislocated tooth by the crown - not the root. Next, place it in a container of warm 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 reshaped 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.

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