Use over-the-counter pain relief medication to control moderate discomfort. Take this in the recommended way, but do not apply it directly onto the abscess.

Important facts

Use over-the-counter pain relief medication to control moderate discomfort. Take this in the recommended way, but do not apply it directly onto the abscess.

 

Jaw Pain

If you are suffering with any form of jaw pain or are having difficulty in opening your mouth or eating. If your jaw is hurting when you wake up, then seek urgent dental treatment or medical assistance to establish the pain source. 

 

For Short Term Pain Relief

  • Use a cold compress on the affected area
  • Use an anti-inflammatory medication

 

If I wait too long will my dental problems increase?

If it is not dealt with swiftly, dental problems can worsen. However, dental emergencies may result if you are not able to locate a dental practice quickly enough. In these circumstances, we encourage you to seek advice from a qualified dentist initially over the phone so the dentist can advise you on the best course of action before your dental appointment.

Alleviating swelling with ice-cubes or taking pain medication may be necessary to provide some temporary relief.  Nonetheless, you should make sure you visit the dentist as quickly as possible.

If you delay any dental problems, you can increase the risks of it turning into a more serious complication further down the line, or invariably increase your treatment costs.

Also, you may also increase the chances of permanent damage occurring which may not be reversible. 

It is always advisable to visit a dental clinic for any dental issues, predominantly one which handles emergency and special priority cases. Not all clinics have the facility to provide emergency dental services, so it is important to locate one in your area who supports out of hours’ emergency services.

Tooth abscesses can be caused by trauma, infection inside the tooth or gum and are swellings filled with pus. Although generally abscesses are painful, on rare occasions they are not. Facial swelling and distended lymph glands are symptoms of abscesses. In extreme cases, the infection can be more wide-spread and can be life threatening. 

For any facial swelling, you should seek emergency dental treatment or medical assistance from your doctor.

Use over-the-counter pain relief medication to control moderate discomfort. Take this in the recommended way, but do not apply it directly onto the abscess.

Antibiotics which are prescribed by your dentist or doctor may help to reduce any infection, but they will not cure the problem completely.

 

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