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How to reduce pain from a broken tooth while waiting for a dentist appointment?

 
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broke tooth this morning
back tooth with cut edge nex to cheek

10 day until dentis

How?
- less pain in bone?
- not cut cheek?

want to avoid chemical and pills.

eating hurt.
 
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When I had braces, there was some sort of wax we could put on sharp bits to stop it cutting.  I wonder if we could make this at home?  Some sort of soft beeswax mixture?
 
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Wal-Mart and most pharmacies carry den temp temporary filling material.  You can make a temp cap to cover the sharp bits.

Clove oil for pain relief.
 
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Denture cream can be used until something better is found.

Clove oil can be used for the pain, if any.

I broke a tooth in about the same location though I don't have any sharp edges.  This happened in March so I am fine with it the way it is.

Ray, I hope you get to feeling better.  And eat soft or liquid foods.


 
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r ranson wrote:When I had braces, there was some sort of wax we could put on sharp bits to stop it cutting.  I wonder if we could make this at home?  Some sort of soft beeswax mixture?



As I recall, it was pure sheets of refined beeswax.
 
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If there is now a hole you can use any edible wax, so beeswax or the rind off of a waxed cheese to fill it in with and stop food etc getting down there. If it's only hurting when you eat then filling it with wax should help, otherwise take small TINY mouthfulls of everything pre cut, no sandwiches no apples.. nothing you have to really open your mouth to eat. Also no sugar or vinegar both can really trigger pain. Make all food blood temperature and don't have hot, cold or fizzy drinks.

I know all about toothache I have broken two molars in half and the only thing that stops that pain is codeine, fortunatly it puts me to sleep which also helps! having moved country and actually got a dentist.. I only get occasional really bad pain from a bad filling that is too close to the nerve.
 
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I have a few broken molars with sharp edges against the cheek - and my teeth are huge. Clove oil is my go-to. I put it on a tiny bit of cotton (maybe 1/4 the size of one end of a qtip/ear swab), dampen it with the clove oil, and place it on the broken spot, then cover it with just enough gauze to keep the rest of my mouth protected from the clove oil. I leave it in place as long as I can stand it - the longer you can leave it, the longer the pain is relieved. For example, an hour or two on my tooth has kept the pain at bay for as long as 4 or 5 months. But, ymmv. There have been times when I've had to do it daily, too.

Edited to add: holding the clove oil for the longest time possible gives it time to get all the easy to the nerve, itself, so that it dulls our eliminates all the pain - at least, for me.
 
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my sister broke a molar tooth recently during the pandemic and had to wait a month to have it extracted. They gave her the super-strong tylenol for pain as needed and told her to watch her temp, soft warm foods, and that was pretty much that. Hope you feel better.
 
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Due to low calcium, I've been dealing with some broken teeth (plus my last wisdom tooth), and it's crazy how something so small can hurt so much! While I save up for an oral surgeon appointment, I've been using the DenTemp stuff from Walmart, along with Tylenol and this stuff called "Kanka Brush" (also from Walmart). None of it is great, but it's gotten me through the pandemic, though it doesn't seem to touch the pain in the jawbone.
I also tried growing Paracress AKA "Toothache Plant (Acmella oleracea), but wasn't fond of the spicy tingling feeling all over the inside of my mouth.
One thing I've learned is to stay away from the things that are known for getting stuck between teeth (like steak, for instance) as it makes the pain worse. Also, the Biotene mouthwash has helped keep it from getting too dry (more pain), and I have even been using it when I brush my teeth to help work it into the cracks/holes and remove any debris.
I'm going to see if I can find some clove oil for a more natural approach. There's not many shopping options locally, so may need to order it online.

Hope you are able to get some relief from the pain!
 
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I have used plantain when I have had some inflammation on a tooth.

I had read that it is good for wounds and inflamed skin.
 
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Anne Miller wrote:I have used plantain when I have had some inflammation on a tooth.

I had read that it is good for wounds and inflamed skin.


That's what I was thinking. Pack it in plantain.

I don't have experience with serious medication for anything long term because it all makes me SO sick. So this is the less strong stuff which worked ok for me. You can take ibuprofen and Tylenol in rotating cycles. What worked for me when I needed it was switching between them every three hours. I suggest extra strength Tylenol because the regular doesn't work for serious pain and you can only take two pills of either kind so you want to make them count. When I just used ibuprofen, after a while it made me super queasy.

It's better to stay on it rather than wait until you're in pain to take it and then need to wait for it to kick in. Every three hours can get really old during the night, especially if you wake for another reason in between. It's helpful to prep doses ahead so you don't have to turn on the light, figure out what to take when, count the pills, etc.

Safety tips: Do NOT exceed recommended dosage on Tylenol. Seriously don't.  And second, write down what you take when you take it. Every time! Don't count on yourself remembering because you won't.

Seriously good luck. Ten days. What a sucky situation.
 
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My hardcore recommendation, from hard experience:

Don't mess around. Get a benzocaine preparation in the highest concentration possible.

At the very least, have this on hand as the "full nuclear war" option. There is no need to suffer.

Edit: And the meantime, keep that tooth clean, clean, clean.  
 
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Rinse regularly with a saline solution in the hottest water that you can bear to prevent a possible infection.  
 
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Hello,

this is my first post here - I should introduce myself but well, here I feel compelled to answer. I am a dentist (my first language is French.)

I say yes to clove oil, and for the bruise of the cheek I add this : use a nail file to smoothen the sharp edge.
I would also at least take paracetamol for the pain. But nothing will relieve you better than the dentist...

I hope it doesn't get worse!
 
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Ginger! Ginger is as effective as NSAIDs (Ibuprofen). I take 1000 mg as needed (usually once or twice a day) for a pretty bad back injury that flares up when my lupus is active.

From one of my favorite resources, Aviva Jill Romm, a midwife and herbalist who went on to become an obstetrician:

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These herbs and supplements not only directly reduce pain, they also quell the inflammation at its root, so using them daily can be healing and prevent recurrence:

Bromelain: an enzyme from pineapple, this be taken daily to reduce chronic inflammation and also helps with digestive symptoms. A common dose is 200-320 mg twice daily.

Ginger: Shown to be as effective as NSAIDs for relieving pain and inflammation, the dose is 500-1000mg, 1-2 times daily.

Curcumin: Relieves inflammation, the daily dose is 1200-2400 mg

Boswellia: From osteoarthritis to inflammatory bowel disease, this herb's ability to reduce inflammation and pain is an important addition to supplements. A typical dose is 350 mg/day three times/day.

Devil’s claw: Shown to be better than conventional medications for low back pain, you want to use a product that provides 50-100 mg harpagoside, the active chemical in the herb, daily

Sam-E: specifically beneficial for osteoarthritis knee pain, the dose is 200-400 mg three times daily.

Capsaicin from hot peppers, and essential oils of wintergreen, peppermint, and lavender – all used topically – alleviate the discomforts of painful joints and headaches. They usually need to be applied at least 3 times/day to the affected area to be maximally effective.

The following herbs are purely for symptomatic pain relief. These herbs are strong non-addictive analgesics and muscle relaxants that can be used acutely as needed. Gaia Herbs and Herb Pharm both offer products containing these herbs in various combinations. They are also especially good for acute pain as with symptom flares or with your period, and also for nighttime pain.


Jamaican dogwood

Corydalis

Cramp bark

avivaromm.com/simple-steps-relieve-pain/
 
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I am not sure where you live or the efforts you have made to contact a dentist, but in case you only contacted your regular dentist......check many dentists.
 
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Thank you all.  Good thoughts.

Dentist visit in 9 days because pain moderate-low.  But phone if gets worse and appointment is sooner.

Pain is okay but worry about it getting worse because I don't know what broken tooth can do.

Worst is chewing anything anywhere in mouth.  This makes pain.  So only eating soup.  Not liking soup for 9 more days.  Weight loss plan?  
 
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A broken tooth is far different than a sensitive gumline, but I wonder if some of the technology for the latter might help, even a little.

When my gums had receded a bit due to poor dental hygiene, that exposed kinda of the lower tooth or upper root and it was explained to me there are these microscopic holes there that are sensitive to hot and cold, so your mouth become really sensitive from those being exposed. I was told to try Sensodyne toothpaste - or a toothpaste for sensitive teeth and gums. There is something in Sensodyne that fills up these microscopic holes so that your mouth is no longer as sensitive to hot and cold.

Of course a cracked or broken tooth is FAR different, and you don't want to fill the broken part with something that could become infected, but I wonder if a toothpaste for sensitive teeth and gums could help just a little.

Good luck with the soup diet!
 
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How have things turned out?
 
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thoot h hurt
dentist look but did nothing
come back in a few weeks and pay money to fix.  okay.

I'm waiting.

no solid food - chewing hurt.  Running out of ideas to eat.
 
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Aw, Ray. I'm so sorry you're still in pain, and bored with the soft foods. Are you looking for ideas? What have you been eating?
 
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Carla Burke wrote:Aw, Ray. I'm so sorry you're still in pain, and bored with the soft foods. Are you looking for ideas? What have you been eating?



I eat bread soup (butter, bread ripped to bits, and broth) for main meal.  Apple sauce for desert.  mac and cheese sometimes.
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My go-to for all kinds of dental pain and mouth injury is yarrow tincture.  Similar sensations to clove oil but less "burny" and (for me at least) more effective -- plus it's antibiotic and promotes healing of things that can heal.  I have a mouthful of tooth stubble and no budget for massive amounts of oral surgery, so I've tried a lot of things over the years.

Yarrow root tincture / mouthwash for dental antibiotic & pain relief: how to make it, with pictures
 
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Oh, Ray. That's just not enough for a bird to live on...

Creamy veggie soups, gazpacho, soft oats, farina, polenta, salmon or other seafood mousse, pate, deviled ham, soft boiled eggs...
Almost all veggies can be cooked until soft, or pureed and added to soups, mousses, or souffles. The same goes for fruits,  but add them to a yogurt or milk kefir base, for desserts. Of you can tolerate cold, freeze bananas, berries, pureed peaches, etc and add them to yogurt, milk, or milk kefir, to make shakes, or ice, to make slushies. Curds or custards can be enjoyed at room temp, or even warm, if that works better. But, please - eat something with more nutrient density, more value, to sustain your body. You need to be as strong and healthy as possible for yourself, your chickens, and to be able to even stand up to the treatment, to get your teeth better.
 
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This begs the question, "How did things turn out?"
 
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pain was bad.  Almost month soft foods.

But dentis is kind and made me feel safe.

tooth doesn't hurt now.  

but every tooth needs work.  very expencive.  
 
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Thanks for the reply.
 
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On second thought, have you shopped around via telephone?  I have represented a number of people with limited financial means needing dental work.  My favorite dentist targets: retired, retired military, dentists in legal battles with Medicaid ( check on internet).  Then there are dental schools.  I once represented a gentleman with 4 impacted wisdom teeth. Initially, the oral surgeons wanted $1200.00 just for an assessment. In the end, all 4 were extracted under gas for less than $1000.00.
 
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thank you for kind wrods

new dentist cost less than 1999 dentist did. They found insurance that I didn't know I had, so helps.

But weird thing - no pain in mouth.  Never had this since braces as a kid.

old thing - go to dentist = teeth hurt more.
new thing - go to dentist - teeth not hurt.  <--- this is new for me.

only few dentist in town that focus on nervious patient.  this one had best price and not put you on show in window.  
 
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If you have someone you are happy with ... stick with him.
 
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Are you anywhere near a university/college that has a dentist school?

They will offer a range of services, at no charge, to people who cannot afford the commercial rate. All work is supervised by a licensed professional.
 
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Unfortunately, even if the work is supervised, that doesn't help those of us with phobias about dentists. When we find a dentist we can trust, it's a rare and amazing thing, and we will wait crazy lengths of time to accumulate the funds, in order to go to THAT dentist, and no one else will suffice. New insurance means a new dentist? Nope. I'll pay cash, thank you very much. ONLY that dentist will do. Unless you've lived it, you truly can't imagine the abject terror of starting the hunt for a new dentist to trust. Even once I find one, my panic attacks begin almost as soon as an appointment is made, even if it's a month away. At 56, there have only been 3 in my life, that I've actually trusted - and I've moved 24 times, 6x were interstate. Throw in changing insurance companies, for whatever reason, and I've had to start fresh way too many times. We moved here almost 2yrs ago, and,  though I desperately need work done, I've yet to even start looking. Once you find one - you hang onto them, for dear life - no matter how much they charge.
 
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Carla Burke wrote: Once you find one - you hang onto them, for dear life - no matter how much they charge.


I respect what you say. I have had the same dentist for a long, long time. When he retires, I will take his recommendation. Doc, who do you trust to do your dental work?

The dentists-in-residence at a university/college have gone through an immense and rigorous training and vetting program, in preparation for professional practise. They are motivated to succeed. Don't write them off.
 
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Others may not write them off, and more power to them. I know that dentists - including dental students - are not bad people, and they're no more mean, incompetent, or cruel than any other professional population. But, for a person who is truly phobic, that reads like 'It's ok to dangle your legs in with a starving shark. No, really - it's all good!' I so wish I was kidding. Just reading that, my heart rate raced. I know that's not how you intended it, at all. I also know how ridiculous I probably sound. But, phobias are not rational - even if they began in real events, which mine did. Ray sounds like he's pretty nervous about dentists, too. If you have to save up, you have to save up. We all have our issues - they just manifest differently, for everyone.
 
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Fair enough. I am not selling anything, only tossing out options. Best of luck to you!
 
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