By Susan Braden
An oral emergency can strike at any time. You may want to learn some cheap dental home remedies just in case your dentist is closed, you are on vacation, or in another situation in which your emergency cannot be immediately addressed. It is also wise to be prepared with a cheap dental plan, or to find a plan that offers immediate coverage for emergency dental issues, so that your pain may be relieved as soon as possible. While you are trying to find a cheap dental plan or waiting for your next dentist appointment, there are a few tips and home remedies for toothaches, dislodged crowns and fillings, and knocked out teeth that will keep your mouth in the safest shape possible until you can receive the cheap dental care you need.
A combination of these temporary home remedies may treat the pain of a severe toothache until your dentist appointment. First, use warm salt water to rinse out your mouth. This rinse will dislodge any remaining food pieces in your mouth that may be exacerbating your toothache. With tweezers, then apply a cotton swab dipped in clove oil to the sensitive area to lessen pain and discomfort.
If this process does not lessen the pain enough, you may want to take a few over-the-counter pain medications while you are waiting on an appointment. There are also helpful tooth-numbing gels available at your local supermarket or pharmacy that may temporarily relieve your pain.
If you are suffering from a head-pounding toothache, remember that pain is your body's warning signal that something is wrong. A toothache could be a sign of a severe oral issue such as a cavity, an infection and/or an abscess. When you know that you have a toothache, it is important to visit a dentist who will identify your problem. Visit a dental provider with your cheap dental plan as soon as possible to find the cheapest dental solution – before your toothache progresses into a more painful, costly situation.
A dislodged crown or filling may not be as painful as a toothache or a knocked out tooth, but this situation leaves your affected tooth weakened and less protected, and its exposure to air, temperature, and pressure may begin to cause you pain. Be sure to save the filling or crown that fell off, and consider applying a numbing gel or clove oil to the affected tooth while you are waiting on an appointment. Bring the crown or filling back to your dentist to increase your chances of a cheap dental replacement.
A knocked out tooth can occur due to a car accident, sports injury, or even a severe fall. Often a hard hit to the face is enough pressure to dislodge one of your front teeth. The most important reaction to a knocked out tooth is to act quickly by calling your dentist right away. You will have an increased chance of saving your tooth if your dentist is able to re-implant it within the hour – supporting tissues may be able to reattach to your knocked out tooth if it is replaced this quickly. However, the surrounding nerves and blood vessels affected may be permanently damaged.
When first touching your knocked out tooth, do not grab it by the roots – this could damage and weaken it. Pick the tooth up by its crown instead, and try to place it back in its socket if possible. If your tooth cannot be reinserted and you are on your way to an emergency appointment, the most sanitary place to store it is in your mouth between your cheek and gum, or in a container of milk until you can get to the dentist.
Proper preventative care and addressing an oral emergency early will often prevent future, not so cheap dental problems, but when you are in a pinch and cannot get to a dentist office right away, these home remedies may be helpful. If severe pain persists before you can reach a dentist, you may want to head to an emergency room for medical treatment of your pain.