Endodontic Consultants of San Antonio provide patients with instructions on managing pain. A tooth abscess occurs when bacteria infect the tooth and cause pain and swelling. Dr. Rick Schwartz, Dr. Rick Davis, and Dr. Zac Liang may advise using home remedies or over-the-counter medications for fast pain relief.
The next step is to schedule an appointment with Drs. Schwartz, Davis, and Liang to treat the infection. Once the underlying condition is resolved, pain and other symptoms will subside. Home remedies and medications may provide temporary relief, but addressing the root cause is key.
The therapies available at our office provide long-term relief from discomfort. Root canal therapy and alternative endodontic treatments remove the infection. These therapies support sustained health, comfort, and function.
Advil, Tylenol, Motrin IB, and other OTC medications can be taken at home before your appointment. You can also make your own rinses with everyday pantry staples. These rinses can ease the discomfort caused by the infection. Some of these ingredients also have antibacterial properties that aid in the process of healing. Remedies include combining a half-teaspoon of table salt with half a cup of warm tap water. Then, swish this saline rinse in your mouth for a couple of minutes before spitting it out. Repeat this process as needed every few hours.
You can also use the same amounts of baking soda to create a paste. Add in a dash of table salt. Rinse with this home remedy for around two minutes. Spit out. Repeat this process until the paste is gone.
Apply cold to help with painful swelling. A compress may be made by placing ice cubes or a frozen food package in a plastic bag. Other options for your compress include placing a damp towel in a plastic bag and freezing it. Then, take the compress and wrap it in a towel. Ensure it’s not applied directly to the skin and not too cold. You can keep the compress against the painful area for up to 15 minutes. Reapply as needed. The application of cooling helps to numb the infected area and decreases inflammation.
These measures are not a substitute for proper treatment at Endodontic Consultants of San Antonio. Call (210) 405-0473 to schedule an appointment at our office in San Antonio, TX.