Lost Crown or Temporary Crown
Get the crown re-cemented as soon as you can, a crown can be out for a short time without creating any major problems. Try not to leave it out for longer than a few days or it can make re-cementing very challenging.
Keep the space clean. Lightly brush and rinse with warm salt water (to make salt water wash: mix one teaspoon table salt; with one cup of warm water)
Is the tooth sensitive or painful? Denture cream or toothpaste can be put inside the crown, and it can be lightly put back into place to help alleviate the tooth.
Wash your mouth with luke-warm salt water. Salt water helps to clean and soothe the affected area (to make salt water wash: mix one teaspoon table salt; with 1 cup of warm water)
If you can, take over-the-counter pain medicines. OTC medicines can be quite effective. Anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen, Motrin, or Aleve work the best for dental pain. Use as instructed on package.
Orajel for a Severe Toothache
Topical anesthetic gels, before-mentioned as Orajel, can further ease the discomfort, but normally for only a short time.
Avoid all situations that worsens your condition. Avoid hot, cold, or sweet foods.
If the pain goes away, make an appointment to see a dentist. Without proper dental care, your condition will most likely worsen.
Your nearest Urgent Care or Emergency Room should be able to help as well if you cannot get to Dr. Boatman.
TMJ (Jaw Joint) Pain
Use a Cold compress for TMJ relief
Ice the hurt jaw joint or muscles. At the start of the severe joint pain use an ice pack, 20 minutes on – 20 minutes off, to decrease inflammation and help minimize discomfort.
After 24 hours use moist heat. Use warm, moist heat on the affected region after applying the ice for the initial 24 hours. The heat will help spur blood flow and promote healing.
Limit chewing and eating. Eat soft, nutritious meals like mashed potatoes, smoothies, yogurt, etc. Limit the size you eat as much as possible. Avoid gum, hard foods, and chewy foods.
Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications. Ibuprofen, Motrin, or Aleve work the best. We suggest a consistent dose schedule taken for 1-2 weeks, but you should discuss with your physician or dentist first before doing this.
See your dentist. Have your condition assessed!