Fever, swelling around the tooth, a foul-tasting discharge, and difficulty breathing or swallowing are very dangerous symptoms. Contact Durham dentist Dr. Schlotterer immediately if you notice any of those symptoms.
How do I alleviate the pain if I can’t see Dr. Schlotterer immediately?
It is important to visit us as soon as possible to prevent the condition from getting worse. In the meantime, the following can help temporarily alleviate pain and inflammation:
- Floss the teeth to dislodge any food particles that are stuck
- Rinse with a mixture of warm water and salt
- Take (ingest) an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or acetaminophen
- Directly on the irritated tooth and gum, apply an over-the-counter antiseptic containing benzocaine to temporarily relieve discomfort. Directly applying eugenol (oil of cloves) can also help numb the gums and restore comfort levels.
- If there has been some injury or trauma to the tooth, a cold compress or ice pack can be applied to the cheek outside the area for comfort and to reduce swelling.