Managing toothache during Coronavirus (COVID-19)
We recommend that everyone follows the latest government and NHS England advice closely, to help fight the Coronavirus COVID-19. The current guidance means that we temporarily cannot see you face to face at Green Room Dentistry, even for emergency treatment. If you have a dental emergency please call the practice during normal working hours (08:30-16:45 Monday to Friday) on 01637 879889. Sally will still be available for advice and to issue any prescriptions which may be required. When appropriate, Sally will also be able to refer you to a local urgent dental care hub for treatment.
If you have a severe swelling on your face or neck, or have difficulty swallowing, this requires urgent professional attention so don't be afraid to contact us for advice, or to telephone NHS 111.
To help manage toothache until you can visit us, there are a few things that may help reduce the pain:
- If there is a cavity in the tooth, a temporary filling material can be packed in to this space. These temporary filling kits are widely available from supermarkets or pharmacies.
- By taking pain killers at the recommended dose. Paracetamol is recommended for this during the current situation, (as there are some reports that)
- Desensitising toothpaste such as Sensodyne repair and protect or Colgate sensitive pro relief can help. This can also be applied directly to a sensitive tooth, as long as you spit out any excess.
- Anaesthetic gels such as Orajel applied to the area can help to numb the pain.
- Clove Oil - This is an essential oil you can apply to the painful tooth with a cotton bud. This works well if there is an exposed nerve due to deep decay.
- Keep your head elevated at night time, as increased blood flow to the tooth may increase the pain. So, an extra pillow at night time can help.
- Keep the area of the face around the tooth cool- reducing blood flow to an area can reduce the inflammation and pain. But do not apply ice directly to the tooth as this could result in pain.
If there is an infection present, this often results in a swelling next to the tooth or pus discharging from the gum:
- Rinse your mouth with warm salty mouthwash to try and draw out the infection. Dissolve a spoonful of sea salt in warm water and rinse around your mouth/ hold it in your mouth next to the infected area. Repeat several times until the pain subsides.Never put heat externally on your face as this can draw the infection into the tissues in your face causing external swellings.
If there are bacteria or food debris trapped between the gum and the tooth, this can cause pain:
- Thoroughly clean the area with floss or an interdental brush(the little coloured ones that Kim or Jade will have showed you how to use). You can also put Corsodyl/ Curasept gel onto the interdental brush to help clean the area.
- Rinsing thoroughly with Corsodyl/ Curasept mouthwash can help (but Corsodyl will stain your teeth so we don't recommend this for long term use)
Mouth ulcers can be a sign of underlying medical conditions such as iron deficiency so shouldn't be ignored. Any mouth ulcer which doesn't heal in two weeks should be checked by a dentist, so let us know about this.
- To reduce the discomfort, you can try a topical anaesthetic gel such as Orajel
- To help with healing of ulcers, Gengigel can be effective as well as soothing the pain.
If a tooth or filling has chipped or cracked, this can be sensitive and the sharp edges can be painful to your tongue or cheek.
The sensitivity can be reduced by rubbing a de-sensitising toothpaste onto the tooth or placing a temporary filling material over the broken corner until a permanent filling can be placed.