Most dental pain can usually be treated in the short term with analgesics, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen (NB - please check these do not interfere with other medication that you may be taking). If the pain is particularly severe, ibuprofen and paracetamol can be taken in combination, but donâ€™t exceed the stated dose and ideally contact us. To reduce swelling and, potentially, minimise the pain apply an ice pack to the affected area. Should the swelling start to affect the neck area, you should urgently attend Accident and Emergency.
For wisdom tooth pain, where there is apparent swelling of the gum overlying or around the tooth, a hot salt water rinse (two teaspoons of salt in a cup of hot water equivalent to a cup of tea) should be held in the mouth over the affected area for thirty seconds and then rinsed out. This should be repeated four to five times per day. Do not swallow the rinse!
Having booked an appointment, continue with the above treatments, but be aware that it is unlikely that the pain will be resolved and will re-occur if treatment is not sought.
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