When you suspect you have a cavity or if we discover a cavity during a routine visit, you do not always have to take care of it immediately. You can set up an appointment in the near future, but until that appointment, you need to know how to manage any discomfort you may experience. You also need to know when the discomfort rises to a level that you can no longer wait. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to manage the pain that comes from a cavity until you come to see us.
One thing that many will do when they have some discomfort from a cavity is to stop brushing their teeth. They are afraid of increasing the sensitivity that they already fell and figure it can’t get much worse. This is the wrong thing to do. It is better to continue following your good oral hygiene routine, even when you have some discomfort and are waiting to visit our office. You can avoid brushing too hard around the tooth and using warm water when you brush. You can also avoid extremely hot and cold food and beverages and food and drinks that are acidic.
Taking the steps above can help you maintain your oral health while also keeping the pain from getting worse, but there are also some ways to manage the pain that you do have. Over the counter medications are an effective tool to help manage the discomfort until you get to our office. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are pain relievers that can help. There are also topical anesthetics that can provide temporary relief. Mouth rinses can provide help with sensitivity and any discomfort.
When you combine the right medications with a good oral hygiene routine, you will not have any problems waiting until your appointment to deal with the discomfort from a cavity. The first step to dealing with discomfort from a cavity is to schedule your appointment by contacting our office.