June 15, 2024

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3 Ways to Treat a Toothache if You Can’t Get Immediate Dental Care

The reasons for dental pain can range from a seed stuck in a molar to a serious infection that needs surgery. So if you’re experiencing pain in a tooth, make an appointment with your dentist to have it checked out. Delaying care could mean you will need more extensive — and expensive — care, says Efrain Coronado, DDS, a dentist who practices in Tucker, Georgia.

Emergency Dental Care

Dr. Coronado says a toothache should always be evaluated by a dentist as soon as possible. If the pain occurs during the weekend, a holiday, or in the middle of the night, call your dentist’s office to see if an answering service can refer you to an emergency dentist. Alternatively, a dentist from the practice may take the call and be able to prescribe you an antibiotic, if an infection is suspected. But even if that takes care of the pain, you should follow up with an in-person appointment as soon as you can to address the underlying issue.

Another option is to look online for an emergency dental clinic near you. If there’s no nearby clinic, your dentist doesn’t take emergency calls, and the pain is excruciating, consider going to the emergency room for pain relief, says Coronado. But know that you will still need a follow-up appointment so a dentist can examine and treat the dental problem.

Home Care While You Wait for Your Appointment

If your dentist appointment is a few hours or a day away and you’re feeling pain, there are a few things to do at home that can reduce the discomfort.