HOW TO TREAT A TOOTHACHE AND OTHER DENTAL PAIN AT HOME
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Looking for the Fastest way on How to Treat a Toothache and Other Dental Pain at Home?
If you have a severe toothache, swelling or another dental emergency, it’s important to contact a dentist straight away. They can advise you about how to treat your symptoms at home to relieve pain and discomfort and avoid making the problem worse. If you need urgent care, they will recommend booking an emergency appointment at your nearest dental clinic.
If you can’t make it to the dentist, or your situation isn’t urgent, these general home remedies for toothaches and other dental problems could help to ease your symptoms before your visit.
Remember, that this is general advice and is no substitute for professional, personalised advice. Since every situation is unique, your dentist is the best person to give you this. What is the Fastest Way to Treat a Toothache and Other Dental Pain at Home?
The obvious solution to any type of dental pain is to see a dentist as soon as possible. When you can’t get to your dentist right away, however, you may have to endure some amount of discomfort in the meantime. The following tips can help you minimize a toothache while you wait for your dental appointment.
Read to learn more.
When to See a Dentist
While your number one goal might be centered on eliminating tooth pain as quickly as possible, you need to consider the potential cause first. When our bodies experience pain, they are sending warning signals to our brains, telling them that something isn’t right. If you have oral pain, it’s generally a sign you have a problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
OTHER CAUSES OF TOOTHACHE OR TOOTH PAIN CRACKED TOOTH SYNDROME
A very common problem with “root canal teeth” and teeth with large fillings.
Toothache due to a crack will start when you chew or put pressure on the tooth … it will get worse as the crack continues to enlarge. …the fractured piece may feel loose or actually fall off and an abscess can develop at any time. It’s easy to visualize the mechanics of the problem – picture an ice cube or piece of glass with a crack…….every time you apply pressure or tap on top of the ice or glass, the crack will get bigger until the crack goes completely through. Pain from a cracked tooth can start as an occasional” twinge” or “zinger” or it can be sudden and severe and continuous from the very start. Symptoms of a cracked tooth
Not every cracked tooth will produce symptoms. But when it does, common ones include:
pain when chewing or biting, especially when you release the bite sensitivity to heat, cold, or sweetness pain that comes and goes, but is rarely continuous swelling of the gum around the affected tooth Treatment of a Cracked Tooth
Treatment depends on the size of the crack, where it’s located, your symptoms, and whether the crack extends into the gum line. Depending on those factors, your dentist may recommend one of the following:
In this procedure, your doctor uses a plastic resin to fill the crack, restoring its look and function.
A dental crown is a prosthetic device usually made of porcelain or ceramic. It fits over the damaged tooth or caps it.
To fit a crown, your dentist first shaves off some enamel from your tooth to make room for the crown in your mouth. They then make an impression of the tooth, pick out a color that matches your teeth, and send the impression off to a dental lab to make the crown.
This process may take a couple of weeks. When the crown returns, your dentist fits and cements it over your cracked tooth.
With advances in technology, some dentists can mill a porcelain crown right in the office and place it that day.
With proper care, a crown can last a lifetime.
When a crack is so extensive it extends into the pulp, your dentist, or a specialist such as an oral surgeon or endodontist, will recommend a root canal to remove damaged pulp and restore some integrity to the tooth. This procedure can prevent the tooth from becoming infected or weakening further.
When the structure of the tooth, and the nerves and roots that lie below it, are very damaged, removing the tooth maybe your only option.
Many people have tiny, hairline cracks in the enamel of their teeth. If these cracks don’t affect appearance and don’t produce pain, your doctor may advise leaving them alone.
Can a cracked tooth heal on its own?
A cracked tooth will not heal on its own. Unlike your bones, which have a lot of blood vessels and are therefore able to repair themselves, tooth enamel does not have any blood supply and is not able to repair itself when damaged. You cannot simply wait for the crack to heal on its own.
Easing Your Pain From a Cracked Tooth until you see a Dentist
While these temporary remedies may not work (or work as you might like them to) in every situation, they may provide you the relief you need to make the time until your appointment more tolerable:
Use an over-the-counter (OTC) pain-relief medication like Motrin or Advil ( ibuprofen) or Tylenol ( acetaminophen). Be sure these are safe to use with any other medications you may be taking. You’ll probably want to avoid aspirin, which can slow blood clotting and cause problems if and when you need a root canal.3 Floss between the teeth that are cracked or broken. Removing food particles and plaque, the sticky film that coats the teeth and contains bacteria may reduce pain. Be careful not to poke too deeply around the affected tooth. Use oil of cloves (eugenol), which can be found in most health food stores. A natural anesthetic, it’s been used in dentistry for over a century. Soak a small piece of cotton in the oil, then blot the cotton on a piece of tissue to remove the excess. Hold the cotton on the painful tooth for 10 seconds, making sure you don’t swallow any of the oil.4 Try an OTC dental anesthetic like Orajel (benzocaine) or Anbesol (lidocaine), which you can find at most pharmacies.5 Or you can seal the affected tooth with an OTC temporary filling material (Dentemp). Sleep with your head elevated. The inflammation of the nerve associated with a cracked tooth is very painful and is often what causes the most uncomfortable pain. Elevating your head when resting may ease some of the pressure in the area of a toothache. Rinse with warm salt water two to three times a day. Saltwater works as an antiseptic to remove bacteria from the infected area.
This very common and painful condition is usually seen with a partially erupted wisdom tooth. Because there is not enough room for the tooth to come in completely, it becomes “stuck” or “wedged”. A pocket or sack develops in the gum tissue around and behind this tooth. This pocket quickly fills with bacteria and food debris. Because the mouth is moist, warm and dark (it’s a perfect incubator) an abscess can form rapidly. This pain can be very severe and continuous and is commonly sent to (referred to) the area around the ear. Pain when opening or even severe limitation when trying to open the mouth in common. We often see patients coming from an ear doctor when their real problem was a wisdom tooth.
Symptoms of pericoronitis can be either acute (short-term) or chronic (be ongoing).
Acute symptoms include:
Pain Swelling in the gum tissue (caused by an accumulation of fluid) Pus discharge Trismus, or difficulty opening your mouth and jaw, also called lockjaw Pain with swallowing Fever Loss of appetite Infection Swollen submandibular lymph nodes in the neck Occasional dull pain or mild discomfort A bad taste in the mouth Can Pericoronitis go away on its own?
Symptoms of pericoronitis can last for days to weeks depending on the severity. The condition should resolve in approximately one to two weeks with treatment. If the initial cause of the infection is not treated, the condition will likely return.
Home remedies of Pericoronitis include: over-the-counter pain relievers. warm salt-water rinses. oral water irrigators. good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing. Other Home Remedies for Pericoronitis
If you’re unable to get to a dentist immediately, some home remedies can work to ease your pericoronitis symptoms and reduce the chances of worsening the existing condition. The following are a few solutions for temporary pain relief,
Rinse Your Mouth With Saltwater
Generally, saltwater is a disinfectant and has anti-inflammatory property. Thus it can tackle bacteria growing in your mouth. Dissolve a teaspoon of table salt in a cup of boiled water and swish it around for about 30 seconds before spitting it out. Thus rinsing your mouth with salt water dislodges food particles and other debris.
Ice reduces inflammation in your gum tissues. So place the ice in a zip lock bag, wrap it in a thin, clean towel and place it over the swollen area 3 to 4 times a day for 15 minutes.
Guava leaves have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties against many oral pathogens including Streptococcus mutants. This antibacterial property is due to the presence of flavonoids. Guava leave’s paste has been a traditional oral hygiene remedy and can be used 2–3 times a day.
Dental Treatments for pericoronitis include:
Oral hygiene/oral irrigators and rinses: If the pericoronitis is in a small area and hasn’t spread, treatment may be rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. Your dentist can flush out food debris or bacteria, or give you an oral rinse. You’ll need to make sure to keep the gum flap free of any food trapped. Pain medicine: You can take pain relievers such as aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen. Your dentist may also prescribe you a pain medication. Antibiotics: If your tooth, jaw, and cheek are swollen and painful, see your dentist right away. They can treat the infection with antibiotics (usually penicillin, unless you are allergic). Minor surgery to remove the operculum: If the pain and inflammation are severe, or if the pericoronitis recurs, it may be necessary to have oral surgery to remove the gum flap or wisdom tooth. Your dentist can make the appropriate referral to the oral and maxillofacial surgeon. A low-level laser can be used to reduce pain and inflammation associated with pericoronitis. Extraction: If a wisdom tooth still can’t come in normally, you may need surgery to have it taken out. Your dentist may recommend you extract both your upper and lower wisdom teeth to prevent your upper tooth from biting your gum and causing another infection. Do I need to see a dentist for Pericoronitis urgently?
A person should contact their dentist or oral surgeon if they experience intense or throbbing pain, fever, or bleeding. The most important thing about treating pericoronitis is ensuring that individuals receive the right treatment so that this painful condition can be corrected as soon as possible.
WISDOM TOOTH RELATED PAIN
Wisdom teeth are the last molars to develop and usually start to erupt in the late teens. Because they are the very last teeth, they very commonly become impacted (stuck or wedged between jaw bone, gum and the adjacent tooth). Toothache or pain from the wisdom tooth area is one of the most common emergency problems that we see.
Over 90% of the population has “wisdom tooth” problems due to lack of room for proper eruption. Wisdom Tooth Problems encompass many issues including:
Pain Constant pressure in this sensitive area frequently causes neuralgia-like pain that can radiate to the ear, side of the face and upper teeth and spread to the other lower teeth as well. Headaches are commonly associated with impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth.
Destruction of the Next Tooth -pressure from the wisdom teeth frequently erodes or dissolves away healthy tooth structure, resulting in pain and tooth loss
Cysts…fluid -filled sacks can form and enlarge around impacted wisdom teeth. These cysts can dissolve jawbone and teeth-they commonly become infected and cause serious pain
How to get rid of wisdom tooth pain – Home remedies for wisdom tooth pain relief
Of course, if you are experiencing slight discomfort at the back of your mouth but aren’t sure exactly where it’s coming from, then you might want to hold off visiting your dentist. One course of action that might alleviate the discomfort is to take over-the-counter painkillers. But while they can help you get on with your day, it’s unlikely to be a permanent solution. If the discomfort continues for longer than a few days or worsens, then it’s probably best to pay a visit to your local dentist who can take a closer look to see exactly what’s happening. Another home remedy is to regularly rinse your mouth with warm salt water. This may help to eradicate any bacteria located in the mouth which may otherwise be causing an infection. Alternatively, It could be that your third molars are coming through okay, but the discomfort felt is just the natural final stages of your dental progression. If this is the case, then applying pieces of ice to the area may be enough to numb and reduce any swelling sufficiently to alleviate any temporary wisdom tooth pain. Professional help for wisdom tooth pain relief
If none of these remedies has worked, or if the pain is recurring, then you should book a visit to your chosen dentist.
They’ll be able to investigate the cause of all your wisdom tooth pain and from this will develop a personalised treatment plan to help.
GUM INFECTION – PERIODONTAL ABSCESS
A periodontal abscess is a pocket of pus in the tissues of the gum. It looks like a small red ball pushing out of the swollen gum.
An abscess can occur with serious gum disease (periodontitis), which causes the gums to pull away from the teeth. This leaves deep pockets where bacteria can grow. If tartar builds up too much, or if food gets stuck in the pockets, pus forms. If the pus can’t drain, it forms an abscess.
An abscess can cause a fever and a throbbing pain in nearby teeth. It can also cause long-term damage to your teeth and gums. The teeth may get loose and fall out. The infection can spread to another part of your body.
Gum abscess symptoms:
One of the most significant symptoms of a
gum abscess is pain, which often appears suddenly, and is characterised by being a deep, throbbing pain. Other symptoms include: The surface of the gums being shiny due to the mucosa stretching over the abscess Redness Swelling Increasing pressure in the affected area, as pus forms A bad taste in the mouth and a bad smell may be perceived as pus drains
A gum abscess is a painful condition that can lead to serious complications. It’s important to recognize the signs of a gum abscess and get medical treatment if you develop one.
How can you care for Gum infection or abscess at home?
Reduce pain and swelling in your face and jaw by putting ice or a cold pack on the outside of your cheek for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. Put a thin cloth between the ice and your skin. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label. If the doctor gave you a prescription medicine for pain, take it as prescribed. If you are not taking a prescription pain medicine, ask your doctor if you can take an over-the-counter medicine. Take your antibiotics as directed. Do not stop taking them just because you feel better. You need to take the full course of antibiotics. Will a periodontal abscess go away?
.Dental abscesses are often painful, but not always. In either case, they should be looked at by a dentist. It’s important to get help as soon as possible, as abscesses do not go away on their own.
CHRONIC PERIODONTITIS (Advanced Gum Infection)
Periodontitis, or is an advanced gum disease, is a common infection that damages the soft tissue and bone supporting the tooth. Without treatment, the alveolar bone around the teeth is slowly and progressively lost.
The name “periodontitis” means “means inflammation around the tooth.” Microorganisms, such as bacteria, stick to the surface of the tooth and in the pockets surrounding the tooth, and they multiply. As the immune system reacts and toxins are released, inflammation occurs.
Untreated periodontitis will eventually result in tooth loss. It may increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other health problems.
Symptoms of Periodontitis
Healthy gums are firm and pale pink and fit snugly around teeth. Signs and symptoms of periodontitis can include:
Swollen or puffy gums Bright red, dusky red or purplish gums Gums that feel tender when touched Gums that bleed easily Pink-tinged toothbrush after brushing Spitting out blood when brushing or flossing your teeth Bad breath Pus between your teeth and gums Loose teeth or loss of teeth Painful chewing New spaces developing between your teeth Gums that pull away from your teeth (recede), making your teeth look longer than normal A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite Risk factors of Periodontitis
Gum disease is more likely to become severe if there are high levels of aggressive bacteria, and if the person’s immune system is weakened.
The following risk factors are linked to a higher risk of periodontitis:
Smoking: Regular smokers are more likely to develop gum problems. Smoking also undermines the efficacy of treatment. Ninety percent of cases that do not respond to treatment are in smokers. Hormonal changes in females: Hormonal changes occur during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. These changes increase the risk of developing gum disease. Diabetes: Those living with diabetes have a higher incidence of gum disease than other individuals of the same age. AIDS: Gum disease is more common in people with AIDS. Cancer: Cancer and some cancer treatments can increase the chance of gum disease. Drugs: Medications such as antihypertensive drugs or vasodilating agents—which relax and dilate the blood vessels—immunotherapy drugs, and medications that reduce saliva can all increase the chance of gum disease. Genetic factors: Some people are more susceptible to gum disease due to genetic factors.
See your dentist if you suspect you have gum disease because the sooner you treat it the better.
Professional Treatment of Periodontitis
The main aim of treatment is to clean out bacteria from the pockets around the teeth and prevent further destruction of bone and tissue. The number and types of treatment will vary, depending on the extent of the gum disease. Any type of treatment requires that the patient keep up good daily care at home. The dentist may also suggest changing certain behaviors, such as quitting smoking, as a way to improve your treatment results.
A number of medicated mouthwashes and other treatments are available.
Prescription antimicrobial mouth rinse, such as chlorhexidine: This is used to control bacteria when treating gum disease and after surgery. Patients use it as they would a regular mouthwash. Antiseptic chip: This is a small piece of gelatin that is filled with chlorhexidine. It controls bacteria and reduces periodontal pocket size. It is placed in the pockets after root planing. The medication is slowly resealed over time. Antibiotic gel: This gel contains doxycycline, an antibiotic. It helps control bacteria and shrink periodontal pockets. It is placed in the pockets after scaling and root planing. It is a slow-release medication. Antibiotic microspheres: Very small particles containing minocycline, an antibiotic, are placed into pockets after scaling and root planing. This slow-release medication is also used to control bacteria and reduce periodontal pocket size. Enzyme suppressant: This keeps destructive enzymes in check with a low-dose of doxycycline. Some enzymes can break down gum tissue, but this medication can delay the body’s enzyme response. It is taken orally, as a pill, and it is used with scaling and root planing. Oral antibiotics: Available in capsule or tablet form, these are taken orally. They are used short-term for the treatment of acute or locally persistent periodontal infection. Surgical interventions in Advanced periodontitis
If good oral hygiene and non-surgical treatments are not effective, surgical intervention may be needed.
Options include: Flap surgery:
The healthcare professional performs flap surgery to remove calculus in deep pockets, or to reduce the pocket so that keeping it clean is easier. The gums are lifted back, and the tarter is removed. The gums are then sutured back into place, so they fit closely to the tooth. After surgery, the gums will heal and fit tightly around the tooth. In some cases, the teeth may appear longer than before.
Bone and tissue grafts:
This procedure helps regenerate bone or gum tissue that has been destroyed. New natural or synthetic bone is placed where the bone was lost, promoting bone growth.
Home Remedies for Periodontitis or Advanced Gum Infection
The effects of periodontitis can be stopped through regular checkups and treatment and continued good oral hygiene. This is also a part of treatment once an infection occurs.
It is important to:
Brush the teeth with a suitable toothbrush and toothpaste at least twice a day, carefully cleaning the chewing surfaces and the sides of the teeth. Use floss or an interdental brush every day to clean between the teeth, in the spaces that the brush cannot reach. Dental floss can clean small gaps, but a dental brush is useful for a larger space. Take extra care when cleaning around uneven surfaces, for example, closely-packed teeth, crooked teeth, crowns, dentures, fillings, and so on. After brushing, use an antibacterial mouthwash to help prevent bacteria from growing and to reduce any inflammatory reaction in the mouth. Home treatment for gum pain?
If your only symptom is gum pain, try these treatments at home:
Saltwater rinse Warm 1 cup of water on the stove (not to boiling — just warm) and pour into a cool glass. Add 1 tsp. salt to the warm water and mix well. Swish the mixture in your mouth, and then spit it out into a sink when finished (don’t swallow). The salt will help prevent the growth of bacteria in your mouth and decrease the bacteria on your gums, which may be causing the swelling. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water at least twice a day until the swelling subsides. Compress
Try either a hot or cold compress to help reduce pain.
For a hot compress: Heat water to a tolerable temperature (not boiling). Soak a clean cloth in the hot water, and then squeeze out the excess. Gently press the warm, damp cloth to your face near the area where your gum pain is occurring (not directly to your gums). For a cold compress: Wrap an ice pack in a clean cloth and apply it in the same way as above. Use either method until your pain subsides, or alternate between hot and cold until any swelling and inflammation die down. Herbal poultice
Certain herbs and spices can be turned into temporary home remedies for gum inflammation and pain until you see a professional help.
Clove powder and Spilanthes are both analgesic (pain-relieving) herbs. They have been used as alternative oral pain relievers for a long time. An anti-inflammatory powdered herb like turmeric may also help.
To use this treatment, mix the powdered herb of choice with a little warm water until you have a paste.
Apply the paste directly to your gums until pain subsides, and then rinse your mouth with water.
Teabags Take a fresh bag of tea and steep it in boiling water for up to 5 minutes, as you do to make tea. When the tea bag is cool enough to touch, apply it directly to painful gums for at least 5 minutes. Choose a tea high in astringent tannins, such as black tea, green tea, or even hibiscus tea. Or choose a tea that contains an anti-inflammatory herb — ginger and chamomile are popular examples. The anti-inflammatory herbs will soothe, while the tannins will absorb anything that irritates the gums. Oral anesthetic gels
Medicated oral gels are available on the market. These contain natural and synthetic compounds that help numb and treat gum pain. Some even include pain-numbing compounds from botanicals like clove or
Common over-the-counter brands include
Orajel and Anbesol. Follow the instructions on the packaging. Over-the-counter pain killers
Simple common painkillers and NSAIDs, such as aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), and ibuprofen (Advil) can help in a pinch.
If pain is stubborn and topical methods above (or others) aren’t working, give these options a try. You can use them on their own or in addition to topical home treatments.
For dosage amounts, follow directions on the bottle labels.
ACUTE NECROTISING ULCERATIVE GINGIVITIS
Acute necrotising ulcerative gingivitis is a rapidly progressive infection of the gingival tissues that causes ulceration of the interdental gingival papillae. It can lead to extensive destruction. Usually young to middle-aged people with reduced resistance to infection are affected. Males are more likely to be affected than females, with stress, smoking and poor oral hygiene being predisposing factors. Halitosis, spontaneous gingival bleeding, and a `punched-out’ appearance of the interdental papillae are all important signs.
The patients quite often complain of severe gingival tenderness with pain on eating and tooth brushing. The pain is dull, deep-seated and constant. The gums can bleed spontaneously and there is also an unpleasant taste in the mouth.
As there is an acute infection with mainly anaerobic bacteria, treatment follows surgical principles and includes superficial debridement, use of chlorhexidine mouthwashes and a course of metronidazole tablets. Treating the contributing factors should prevent a recurrence.
A dull throbbing pain develops two to four days after mandibular tooth extraction. It rarely occurs in the maxilla. Smoking is a major predisposing factor as it reduces the blood supply. The tissue around the socket is very tender and white necrotic bone is exposed in the socket. Halitosis is very common.
Symptoms of dry socket include: severe pain, which may radiate from the socket to your ear, eye, temple, or neck seeing an empty socket visible bone in the socket bad breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth
The exact causes of dry socket still need more research.
The most common causes of Dry Socket are: bacterial infection difficult or complicated extractions, such as an impacted wisdom tooth trauma at the surgical site You’re most at risk of developing dry socket if you: smoke take oral contraceptives don’t follow proper wound care Home Remedies for Dry Socket Warm Salt water
Even if your oral surgeon gives you medication, they’ll also encourage you to rinse the affected area with warm salt water several times a day. It can help eliminate bacteria and reduce or prevent further infection.
The Mayo Clinic recommends dissolving ½ teaspoon of salt into 8 ounces of warm water. Swish this around in your mouth for a minute, or use it to flush out the dry socket with a syringe your surgeon gives you. Do this at least three times per day or after meals. Cold and Heat Therapy
For the first 24 hours after a tooth extraction, use cold packs against your face for fifteen minutes at a time to reduce swelling. Afterwards, you can use heat in the form of warm washcloths to manage pain.
Heat will likely be most beneficial for soothing pain caused by dry socket, though cold can help numb your nerves more efficiently. Test each and see what works best for you. Always use warm instead of hot, and place it against the cheek where you’re feeling pain.
Clove oil contains eugenol, which has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. It can soothe pain and prevent infections from developing or advancing. Because of this, clove oil is sometimes used in professional dry socket pastes. Clove oil can have side effects, so consult your dentist or oral surgeon before using this as a home remedy.
These side effects may include: rash or skin irritation sore gums swollen gums
You can add clove oil to sterile gauze and apply it directly to the affected area. Only keep the gauze on for 20 minutes at a time until you’re sure that you won’t experience side effects.
Black Tea Bags
Black tea contains tannic acid, which acts as a natural antibacterial agent while also reducing both swelling and pain.
To use this remedy, immerse a tea bag in a cup of boiling water for five minutes. Remove it and squeeze the excess water out after it’s cooled. The tea bag should be cooled for it to be effective. Sticking it in the refrigerator, not the freezer, can allow it to act as a cold compress. You can gently bite down on the tea bag to keep it in place for about 15 minutes. Rinse your mouth with the remaining cool tea after the 15 minutes are over. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile has antioxidant properties which promote healing. Its anti-inflammatory benefits can immediately help soothe swelling and pain caused by dry socket. Most grocery stores will have it in stock if you don’t have it in your cupboard already.
You can utilize chamomile tea bags like black tea. Place the tea bag in boiling water for five minutes before removing it and letting it cool. Apply the tea bag to the affected area for 15 minutes. If this is uncomfortable, you can also sip on the tea once it’s cooled.
Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen can be effective at reducing both pain and swelling. They won’t be much help at treating or preventing an infection, but they can relieve pain until you can get to your doctor.
Talk with or call your dentist before you take any OTC medications. You should not take NSAIDs or any other OTC medication if you’re taking prescribed pain medications after your extraction. If you see your dentist for dry socket treatment, let them know what medications you’ve taken.
Avoid tobacco and other irritants
Smoking and other tobacco use increase your risk of developing dry socket and can also make it more difficult to treat. You should avoid all smoking and tobacco products while you’re treating and recovering from dry socket.
Other irritating foods and beverages should also be avoided, even if they’re liquid. Spicy foods and alcoholic beverages can increase discomfort. You should be eating soft foods to avoid opening or getting debris trapped in the socket.
Risk of Dry Socket Dry socket can be extremely painful, so it would be difficult to ignore. However, if it goes untreated, it could result in additional complications. The most common complication is delayed healing. Additional medicated dressings and careful attention will be needed to make sure the dry socket heals properly. Your socket can also become infected, and if left untreated, the infection can spread to your bone. This may require oral or intravenous antibiotics to prevent the infection from spreading further. There are few risks to utilizing home remedies to treat dry socket outside of allergic reactions, but you should talk with your doctor first to make sure these treatments are safe for you. While research suggests there are health benefits, the FDA doesn’t monitor or regulate the purity or quality of essential oils. It’s important to talk with your doctor before you begin using essential oils and use caution when choosing a quality brand. You should also always do a test patch before using.
Dry socket can be excruciatingly painful. As soon as symptoms arise, you should start treatment. While you’re waiting to see your oral surgeon, you can utilize home remedies detailed above to manage your symptoms and pain.
Fortunately, while dry socket is painful, it responds quickly to treatment. Your symptoms should start decreasing soon after treatment, and they should be entirely gone in three to four days. If not, make another appointment with your dentist to look for a better solution.
Professional Treatment of Dry Socket
The area will be irrigated thoroughly with warm saline solution. If loose bone is present, local anaesthesia may be necessary to allow thorough cleaning of the socket. Patients should be will how to irrigate the area and told to do this regularly. Analgesics are indicated, but pain may persist for several days.
This is caused by infection of the maxillary sinus, usually following an upper respiratory tract infection. However, there can be a history of recent tooth extraction leading to an oro-antral fistula. Patients usually complain of unilateral dull pain in all posterior upper teeth. All these teeth may be tender to percussion, but they will respond to a pulp sensitivity test. There are usually no other dental signs.
The pain tends to be increased on lying down or bending over. There is often a feeling of `fullness’ on the affected side. The pain is usually unilateral, dull, throbbing and continuous. Quite often the patient feels unwell generally and feverish.
Pain originating from the sinus arises mainly from pressure. Decongestants can help sinus drainage. Antibiotics probably have only a minor role in mild cases. Referral to an otorhinolaryngologist for endoscopic sinus surgery may be indicated in chronic cases.
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