In pain, have a broken tooth or toothache?
I know how breaking a tooth, having toothache or any form of jaw pain can be one of life’s most annoying and aggravating incidents so I’ll move heaven and earth to see you today during office hours and stop the pain for you! Once that’s done, I can advise you about long term care, if necessary.
So, if you’re in Cooroy, anywhere in the hinterland or the Noosa area to get the first available emergency appointment please phone our office on the number shown here.
If it’s outside our office hours please phone the number on this page and leave a message explaining the nature of the problem and giving your contact details. We’ll get back to you as soon as our office opens and arrange your appointment.
What to do in the meantime.
If you have toothache:
Here are a few steps you can take at home to try to relieve some of the pain:
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Nurofen or Panadol. However, be aware that you need to see me as soon as possible. If you mask the pain and ignore it, the infection can spread and could become very serious.
- If the pain is caused by debris lodged in a cavity, washing the area may relieve the problem.
- Floss your teeth, and then run a toothpick around the gum line. This may remove debris that's lodged under the gum.
- If you've lost a filling or crown, dip a cotton swab in clove oil and apply it to the exposed part of the tooth. Clove oil, available in pharmacies and supermarkets, works well to relieve tooth pain.
- Putting an ice pack on your face over the area that hurts also may relieve the pain. Apply the ice for 10 to 20 minutes of every hour, as necessary.
- If you will be travelling in a plane, the change in pressure when the plane takes off or lands may make you feel more uncomfortable. You should see me before travelling by air.
If you have a broken tooth:
- Save the pieces. If the break was relatively clean, I may be able to cement the tooth back together as a temporary measure.
- Rinse your mouth well with warm water. If you were able to save the tooth fragment(s), rinse them under running water.
- If an area is bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops.
- Apply a cold compress to the cheek or lips over the broken tooth. This will help reduce swelling and relieve pain.
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever.