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Dental Home Care, what you can do in a dental emergency during the Coronavirus outbreak.

  • Toothache - this can be due to a number of reasons, but taking over the counter painkillers should help

Ibuprofen and paracetamol taken together at regular intervals work best, if you are able to take them. Otherwise you may need to consult your pharmacist or GP for alternatives.

Dose – 400mgs ibuprofen (doubled up in severe cases), 1 g paracetamol (usually 2 tablets)

Sometimes if the tooth is sensitive to temperature you could try applying desensitizing toothpastes such as Sensodyne.

If this is not helping, sometimes applying a heat or cold to your face next to the source of the pain can help

If things are not settling, you may need a course of antibiotics, and you should make contact with your dental practice to arrange this.


  • Facial swelling (dental infection/abscess) – again if this swelling is not severe, then control as above. However, if the swelling is growing then you may need antibiotics and you should contact us, or NHS 111 out of normal working hours


  • Wisdom Tooth Problems – are usually caused by inflammation of the flap of gum over a wisdom tooth as it comes through. Again, use painkillers, but also cleaning the area with a soft toothbrush and using hot salt water mouth rinses will help.


  • Broken teeth - if the tooth is sensitive then you can apply desensitizing toothpastes such as Sensodyne to the tooth. If the tooth is sharp, then you may need to get an emergency dental repair kit from your pharmacist. Be wary of trying to file the tooth down yourself as you may damage other teeth and your gums.


  • Lost crown and bridges - more often than not the tooth will be fine without a crown for a period of time, you can get kits to recement them at home, but you need to be very careful. Do not be tempted to use household adhesives such as super glue.


  • Broken Dentures - again be careful repairing them with household adhesives, but if it is a clean break, then this can work in the short term, using superglue to fix the pieces together outside of the mouth and allowing plenty of time for it to set.


  • Bleeding gums - this usually down to basic oral hygiene and brushing your teeth well, twice a day for 2 minutes, even if the gums bleed doing this. A mouthwash such as Corsodyl might help if the gums are feeling sore.