Toothaches should always be treated sooner than later. A toothache can be caused from a variety of issues: a piece of debris lodged under the gumline; an abscess (or infection); sensitivity due to abrasion; or fractures. Sometimes debris can be dislodged by brushing or flossing. However, toothaches caused by an abscess need prompt response and are unable to be cured without dental intervention. An abscess is an infection and can spread to other parts of the body; potentially resulting in death.
Broken, Fractured, or Displaced Tooth
A broken, fractured or displaced tooth is usually not a cause for alarm, as long as decisive, quick action is taken.
First, rinse the mouth of any blood or other debris and place a cold cloth or compress on the cheek near the injury. This will keep down swelling.
Hold the dislocated tooth by the crown - not the root. Do not rub the tooth clean. Next, place it in a container of warm milk, saline or the victim's own saliva and keep it in the solution until you arrive at the emergency room or dentist's office.
For a fractured tooth, it is best to rinse with warm water and again, apply a cold pack or compress. Ibuprofen may be used to help keep down swelling.
If the tooth fracture is minor, the tooth can be sanded or if necessary, restored by the dentist if the pulp is not severely damaged.