Woken up with sudden dental pain? How to handle it until morning by Studental in Oxford

Fewer things are more concerning than a toothache that wakes you up in the middle of the night. While we know you endeavour to keep your teeth in tip-top shape, emergencies can happen regardless. And when they occur in the middle of the night, you may feel a bit stuck over what can be done to alleviate the discomfort.

nhs-dentist-oxfordFirstly, don’t panic! At Studental, our NHS dentist in Oxford, we can help! We know how uncomfortable a dental emergency can be and when you call us for an emergency appointment, our team will aim to get you into our surgery and out of discomfort on the same day!

But, if your emergency happens in the middle of the night and there are a few hours until morning, what do you do? Read on to find out the 5 things that our NHS dentist in Oxford recommends you do to handle that toothache

Examine the area

While our NHS dentist in Oxford understands that you will probably be in discomfort, it is worth attempting this step to enable you to temporarily treat your toothache yourself.

Gently open your mouth and explore the area that is causing you the discomfort; if it is swollen and blue, it is likely that you have an abscess forming. If your tooth suddenly feels sharp and you can feel a large hole, you have probably lost a filling or a crown. If you can’t identify the source of the problem, don’t worry! The following steps should help you to reduce your discomfort regardless of the issue.

Gargle salt-water

A readily available antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, salt-water is a fantastic way to help reduce inflammation and keep the area clean.

Make sure that the water itself is luke-warm, as if it is too hot or cold, you may cause further discomfort to your teeth. Gargle for about 30 seconds and spit, repeating every hour. If you have an anti-inflammatory mouthwash to hand, gargle this too, but follow the instructions on the label.

Rinse area

Once again, make sure any water you use for this step is luke-warm.

This step will ensure that the affected area is free from debris, which could exacerbate the underlying issue if left in place. Do not attempt to brush the affected area with a toothbrush, as depending on the issue, this could cause you a great deal of discomfort and make those next few hours very difficult!

Take pain-relief

Of course, if you have pain relief to hand, take it.

If you suspect an abscess, take an anti-inflammatory painkiller, to help reduce the swelling but any painkiller will alleviate the discomfort. Although it has long been recommended as a cure for toothache, do not drink alcohol!

Leave it alone!

Do not poke, touch or irritate the affected area with your fingers, a brush or floss.

Doing so may unknowingly cause the inflammation to worsen and make it more uncomfortable; rest assured that our dental team will handle it properly!

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We would like to inform you that due to the COVID-19 outbreak we are currently unable to work as normal following the latest government guidelines.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly but we feel it is our responsibility to protect you, our valued patients, our team and our families. We have taken the difficult decision to cancel all routine exams, treatments and hygiene appointments.

Please do not arrive at the practice unannounced.

We will be maintaining a telephone service for advice and booking emergency appointments. Dental emergencies include:

  • Severe pain for over 48 hours
  • Facial Swelling
  • Trauma or uncontrolled bleeding

We understand this is inconvenient and it may mean the treatment timelines are extended. We will be able to reconvene normal service once it is safe to do so. If your appointment needs to be postponed, one of the team will be in touch.

Thank you for all your support during these uncertain times.

Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all soon.