Palliative treatment of dental pain is usually done on an emergency basis, because by definition, this is easing symptoms without curing the underlying condition. Dentists, especially emergency dentists, understand that having any kind of health emergency can be very stressful, and even more so when pain is involved. Unfortunately, dental pain almost never resolves on its own and will usually continue to get worse over time. Palliative treatment to alleviate pain may need to be administered prior to a dental visit to correct the problem.
These are some examples of palliative pain treatment:
- Administering local anesthetic to temporarily relieve pain.
- Prescribing pain medication prior to a dental visit.
- Removal of floss or food impaction that has caused gingival irritation.
- Applying desensitizing medicament to an exposed root surface.
- Smoothing of a sharp edge on a broken tooth or restoration.
- Placing a temporary filling in a broken tooth.
- Opening an abscessed tooth to relieve pain.
- Incising an abscess.
- Adjusting occlusion on a tooth with Cracked Tooth Syndrome.
- Cleaning inflamed tissue around a partially erupted wisdom tooth.
- Removing only some of the decay in a very deep painful cavity, and placing a temporary filling.
- Applying topical medication to an intraoral burn or canker sore.