What is there to do when you are on the road and a toothache is simply driving you mad? How about if you accidentally break or chip your tooth or lose the filling?
You would not really like to go to just any dentist that you do not know, but still there are a few quick remedies that can offer you some comfort until you arrive home and have your teeth checked by your dentist, or until you reach the closest emergency dental office.
Dental emergencies happen, but if you make sure to pack in your first aid kit a few aspirins, dental floss, gauze, or wax, these all might come in handy.
If the problem is extremely complex, such as a pulsating toothache or an infection, you should go to the nearest hospital emergency room and ask there to be redirected to a good 24 hour dentist.
If you are outside the US, a good idea would be to contact the consulate or the Embassy for directions on how to get to the nearest and best emergency dentist, or you can ask the staff at the hotel for directions.
Toothache quick remedy- make sure to rinse your mouth with warm water. Then, use the floss to clean your teeth properly. Next, apply a cold compress on your cheek, especially if there is swelling present.
You should also take pain relief medication, and this will calm down the pain a little bit. You should follow the same procedure if you have broken one of your teeth. Make sure to get to a dentist as soon as possible.
If the tooth filling has come out, you should use paraffin in order to cover up the cavity. If needed, you can also take a pain reliever. Then, for tooth avulsion (knocked out tooth), you should rinse the tooth and then store it in a glass with a special tooth-preservative that you can find at the pharmacy.
Alternatively, until you get to the nearest emergency dentist for tooth re-implantation, you can store the tooth in a glass of milk as well. It is advisable that you get to a dentist no later than half an hour from the time of avulsion so that the tooth can be saved.
In case of a fractured jaw, it is extremely important to stabilize the area using a towel or a shawl. Find the nearest emergency room and tell the doctors what happened, so that they can provide you with the best treatment.