Managing Toothache at Home

Tips to help manage dental problems until you are able to see a Dentist

Due to the current guidance and COVID- 19 situation we have decided to close our practice for routine examinations and treatment. This is to protect our staff and patients and following recommendations from Governing Bodies.

We will only be seeing our patients for SERVE EMERGENCY APPOINTMENTS ONLY, if you feel you have a true dental emergency please call the practice on 0116 2707803. A member of our team will triage your call and make an arrangements for one of our Dentist to give you a call back if needed.

If you are showing any symtoms, have a high temperature or continuous cough or you or a family member in your house have been self isolating. You will need to call 111, they will direct you to an emergency facility with appropriate protective equipment which will allow staff to treat you.


Anti- inflammatories (like ibuprofen) can help reduce sensitivity from teeth. Combining paracetamol and ibuprofen has also been shown to be effective.

If you have no coronavirus symptoms carry on taking ibuprofen as normal.

Continue to take paracetamol to treat your symptoms, unless your doctor has told you it is not suitable for you. PAINKILLERS  should always be taken in accordance with instructions on the packet.


If there is a hole in your tooth, or a tooth has cracked and is now sensitive sharp and causing no pain. A temporary filling can be packed into the space. These are widely available from supermarkets and pharmacies.

To prevent decay forming or getting worse, good cleaning with fluoride toothpaste and reducing sugar intake will help.


It is normal for some pain after an extraction, some pink spit/oozing is also normal. If the socket is bleeding freely bite hard on gauze or a clean hankie for 20 minutes. If bleeding has not stopped call us on 01162707803.

If you smoke or rinse to often after an extraction, there is a risk of a dry socket. This can be very painful and regular painkillers are unlikely to help. Call the practice for an emergency appointment as you may need antibiotics and a dressing.


Bleeding gums is not an emergency and this is usually caused by gum disease and will not stop until brushing improves. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, concentrating especially around the areas that are bleeding. You should also be flossing or using interdental brushing to clean in-between your teeth.


Inflammation of the gum over a erupting tooth, is usually the cause of wisdom tooth pain. Most flare ups should settle in a few days to a week if managed with good homecare such as:




If you have difficulty in swallowing, swelling in your cheek or face or difficulty opening your mouth, or flare up has not settled please call the practice to book an appointment to see your dentist.


Ulcers can be painful but most ulcers will heal within 7-10 days. If you have had an ulcer for more than 3 weeks this should be assessed by your dentist or doctors.

Homecare for ulcers



*DIFFLAM (benzydamine) spray or mouthwash



*RUBBING DENTURES denture adhesive may help improve fit and reduce rubbing, remove dentures when possible if causing trauma.