Manage Your Pain
A throbbing toothache can be extremely painful. Over the counter anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen can help to reduce discomfort and swelling. Consider using a cool compress on the side of your face, and alternate it with a warm compress if swelling is present.
How to Handle a Broken Tooth
If you’ve broken or knocked a tooth out, never handle it by the root. Gently pick it up by the crown (the part of the tooth that you see when you smile) and rinse away any visible debris. Although you may feel compelled to scrub it clean, don’t; it can remove the microscopic fibers that enable us to re implant your tooth!
One of the best places to keep your broken or knocked out tooth is tucked inside of your cheek, so that your saliva keeps it lubricated. For some people (especially children,) this isn’t an option. The next best thing is to put your tooth in a cup of contact solution or milk. Get to our Airdrie emergency dental office within one hour!
The faster you can get to Airdrie Springs Dental, the sooner we can assist you with your dental emergency. Contact us right away for same day care to get out of pain as quickly as possible.
Therapy for TMJ Disorder
If frequent headaches and jaw pain are a normal part of your life, you might want to ask our Airdrie dentists if you have TMJ disorder, or TMD. During your exam, we’ll assess your jaw function and bite to see what could be contributing to your jaw pain.
Botox for TMJ?
Did you know that Botox isn’t just used for cosmetic purposes? It can also be an effective solution to managing your TMJD pain. The solution naturally relaxes your overactive muscles to ease tension and overuse, providing relief for up to three months between injections.
Don’t Forget Your Bite!
It may come as a surprise, but the way your teeth bite together play a huge part in the function of your TMJ. If your teeth are improperly aligned or the upper and lower jaw do not close together properly, your jaw must compensate when you’re biting and chewing food. Day after day, these repeated joint movements strain your inner joint and the surrounding muscular tissues.
Aligning your teeth and jaws through orthodontic therapy (braces) may be a viable solution for reducing your TMJ problems. Once a proper occlusion (bite) is established, your jaw can work more efficiently with less effort. Although the change is gradual, the orthodontic treatment can play a huge role on your long-term comfort.
Consider Wearing a Splint
Some of us have a natural habit of biting and clenching our teeth together (bruxism.) It may be due to stress during your commute home from work, or even while you’re sleeping at night. This extra tension strains your TMJ and muscles, triggering overuse and pain. A bite splint can relax your jaw and retrain the muscles so that you’re not using them so much.
Contact Airdrie Springs Dental or request an appointment to find out how we can help you avoid TMJD symptoms!