Advice on Managing Dental Pain
- Avoid doing anything that brings on or worsens the pain. For example, some toothache can be made worse by hot or cold foods or cold air.
- Holding cooled water or crushed ice around the tooth can help some types of dental pain.
- Severe pain from the mouth or teeth sometimes feels worse when lying flat; therefore, try lying propped up as this might ease the pain.
- Use painkillers that have successfully provided pain relief for you in the past without adverse effects.
- When taking painkillers, always follow the directions on the packet for advice on precautions in some medical conditions. Ask your pharmacist or doctor for more information.
- Avoid taking aspirin as a painkiller if there is bleeding.
- Current national guidance suggests that ibuprofen should be avoided if you are known or suspected to have the COVID-19 infection.
- If your pain gets worse, you can seek dental advice via the Dental Helpline.
Advice on Managing Post-extraction Bleeding
If you have had a tooth taken out during the past week and still have bleeding from the extraction area:
- Seeing some blood in your saliva after a dental extraction is normal. You only need take further action if the extraction area is still noticeably bleeding.
- Make a small pad with a clean cotton handkerchief or piece of kitchen towel, and dampen it slightly with water.
- Rinse the mouth once only with warm (not hot) water to get rid of the blood. Place the damp pad over the socket area and bite firmly.
- If there are no opposing teeth, hold the pad firmly on the socket using clean fingers. Maintain this while sitting upright quietly for 20 minutes and then check.
- Repeat once if necessary.
- After the bleeding has stopped, remain rested and as upright as possible. Do not drink alcohol.
- Do not disturb the blood clot in the socket.
- If these measures prove inadequate, seek dental advice via the Dental Helpline.
- If you are taking anticoagulant medication, do not stop your medication without medical advice.
Advice on Managing Dental Trauma
Last updated: April 2, 2020