Vacations are a time to relax, unwind, and enjoy new experiences. However, tooth pain can quickly put a damper on your fun plans. If you’re experiencing severe tooth pain while on vacation, it’s possible you may need a root canal. Here’s what you can do if you find yourself in this situation.

Find A Local Dentist

If you’re in a foreign country, it can be intimidating to find a dentist or endodontist that speaks your language. However, most dental offices will have staff that can speak English or they may provide a translator. You can search for a local endodontist using your phone or computer, or ask your hotel’s concierge or front desk for recommendations.

Explain Your Situation

If a root canal is necessary, your practitioner will discuss the treatment options. In emergency cases, the endodontist may complete the root canal during your vacation. In most cases, however, you will want to schedule an appointment with your regular dentist and/or endodontist immediately after returning home.

Manage Pain

If your discomfort is caused by inflammation of the nerve or gum tissue, Ibuprofen, if you are not allergic, is usually helpful to overcome the acute discomfort. Two OTC Ibuprofen tablets, generic or name-branded Advil, taken every four hours for a day or two, should be effective. Greater pain relief may be obtained by adding one Acetaminophen( Tylenol) simultaneously with the two Ibuprofen. If allergic to Ibuprofen or Aspirin, Acetaminophen by itself may be helpful.

However, infection, rather than inflammation, often indicated by swelling and/or fever, and discomfort not relieved by the aforementioned OTC medication, may require an antibiotic.

Follow Up With Your Philadelphia Endodontist 

As soon as possible, reach out to your regular dentist or endodontist. Dr. Rhome can help ensure that you receive the necessary care to alleviate your discomfort and return your tooth to normal function. If you have any questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rhome, please call us at 215-735-711.