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In most cases, the best way to stop dental or jaw pain initially is with pain medications and antibiotics (Amoxicillin). A referral to a dentist for follow-up will usually be arranged. In some cases, the doctor may try an injection of local anesthetic around the tooth for pain control. If there is swelling in the gums or face, or if the patient has fever, antibiotics may be prescribed.
After leaving the dentist's office, continue to practice good dental care, but be careful not to self-medicate or use numerous over-the-counter (OTC) oral rinses as they can sometimes exacerbate or prolong problems. Routine and prompt follow-up appointments with the dentist can relieve dental pain faster.
When the patient leaves the emergency department, he or she should take the medications as prescribed and keep their follow-up appointments. If the patient has any concerning signs or symptoms, call the doctor.
Stopping smoking may help improve some dental conditions. If the patient is having trouble quitting, talk to the doctor about assistance.
Todd C. Snyder, DDS
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