A cracked or broken tooth can be the cause of serious pain. The unfortunate part is that teeth often crack at the most inconvenient time (e.g., in the middle of a soccer match), when it is not possible to get immediate medical attention.
The good thing is that there are a few things that one can do to relieve the pain caused by a cracked or broken tooth. This article discusses two of these pain-reducing techniques for the benefit of affected individuals.
Reach For Eugenol
Eugenol is also referred to as oil of cloves and is readily available at local health food stores. Eugenol is often colourless or may assume a pale yellow colour. It is extracted from a number of essential oils, including cinnamon, nutmeg, bay leaf, and basil. As a result, eugenol has a high concentration of antiseptic and anaesthetic chemical compounds, which have an important role to play in reducing the pain of a broken or cracked tooth.
Using eugenol for pain reduction requires the person to soak some cotton wool in the oil before blotting it on a piece of tissue paper, so as to get rid of excess oil. Affected individuals should then hold the moist cotton swab on the surface of the cracked tooth for about 15 seconds. It is advisable to use a clean pair of tweezers to hold the cotton swab in place. Affected persons should be careful not to swallow clove oil when using it for pain relief.
Seal The Crack Temporarily And Get Adequate Rest
The pain of a cracked tooth is often amplified when the affected person eats very hot or very cold food items, or when air passes through the hole created by the crack. Therefore, it would be a good idea for affected individuals to seek a temporary filling material that will seal the hole. These materials are made of the same material used to make fillings used by dentists and are available from local pharmacies.
It is also important for someone who has cracked a tooth to get adequate rest. This helps to reduce the inflammation of nerves caused by the crack. It is advisable for affected individuals to have their heads elevated when sleeping, so as to release some pressure from the affected area of the tooth.
In conclusion, affected individuals should remember that the two pain-relief strategies discussed above are not alternative solutions for cracked teeth. Affected individuals should seek dental care, from professional such as those at Dr David Young & Associates Dental Surgeons, as soon as possible so as to avoid more serious complications.