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Toothaches

Maple Dental Art

Our main goal is to help you obtain and maintain a healthy smile.

Simple toothaches can often be relieved by rinsing the mouth to clear it of debris and other matter. Sometimes, a toothache can be caused or aggravated by a piece of leftover food lodged between teeth. Flossing can help, but please void faulty remedies, like placing an aspirin between your tooth and gum to relieve pain, because the dissolving aspirin can actually harm your gum tissue.

Broken, Fractured, or Displaced Tooth

Broken, Fractured, or Displaced Tooth


A broken, fractured, or displaced tooth is usually not a cause for alarm as long as decisive, quick action is taken.


If the tooth has been knocked out, try to place it back in its socket while waiting to see your dentist.


First, rinse the mouth of any blood or other debris and place a cold cloth or compress on the cheek near the injury. This will keep down swelling.


If you cannot locate the tooth back in its socket, hold the dislocated tooth by the crown - not the root. Next, place it in a container of warm milk, a saline solution, or the patient's own saliva and keep it in the solution until you arrive at the emergency room or dentist's office.

For a fractured tooth, it is best to rinse with warm water and, again, apply a cold pack or compress. Ibuprofen may be used to help keep down swelling.


If the tooth fracture is minor, the tooth can be sanded or, if necessary, restored by the dentist if the pulp is not severely damaged.


If a child's primary tooth has been loosened by an injury or an emerging permanent tooth, try getting the child to bite down gently on an apple or piece of caramel; in some cases, the tooth will easily separate from the gum.

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