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How to Decrease Pain from a Cavity Until You Can Get It Filled

Posted on 2/28/2017 by Clay Keith dds
A woman suffering from a severe cavity.
When you get pain in one of your teeth, the most likely culprit is a cavity. This can range from mild discomfort to all-out misery. If you think that you have a cavity, the first thing that you need to do is to call your dentist.

Have them schedule you to come in as soon as you are able to. The sooner you can get it, the sooner the pain can be relieved the right way. However, if they cannot get you in for a day or two, what should you do to mediate the pain until then?

Ways to Lower Cavity Pain While Waiting to Be Seen

Over the counter analgesics are a great first step when it comes to decreasing the pain. Wipe it on the tooth and give it a few minutes to get numb. They sink in through the pores of the tooth and help dull the nerve's reaction to the cavity.

Taking an over the counter pain reliever is also a good option. This can give you a few hours of more comfort than you were at without it. It may not take away all the pain, but it should help decrease the overall amount of pain that you are in.

Brushing your teeth and rinsing with warm salt water can help decrease how much pain you are in. It helps to keep the area clean, and decreases the number of bacteria working on the decay inside your tooth, allowing you an extra measure of decreased pain.

The most important thing to remember when your tooth is sore is that you should contact our office. We can help far more than any of these measures can by fixing your cavity, and removing your pain.

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