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So some of you may have seen my other thread about my accident with Ruger that had been bothering my left side of my bottom jaw. Well it turns out they could fix that. It also turned out I had a couple cavities. :oops:

So here comes the several visits to fix both of those things.

Had my first one last week and absolutely hated life afterwards. My entire face hurt. I slept pretty much the entire day because it hurt when I was awake.

Just getting over that pain, I go to the dentist again today. Same deal, slept for an extra seven hours and now I'm awake again. The Novocaine is wearing off though and my face hurts yet again.

The first equestrian team meet is a week away. So I have to ride a ton before then, but I'm worried that with my jaw/teeth/face hurting so much that it won't be very easy.

Does anyone have any tips on making the pain go away, at least for a little while? I took some ibuprofen which works a little bit but not a whole bunch of difference...
 

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T-3's work good but those are prescription, ask your dentist for the good stuff, he can hook you up.
 

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Ibuprofen, ask your dentist how much is the best dose (I take 4 every 6 hours). Ice packs over your jaw will help keep the swelling down and after a few days, warmth might help. (Ice for 48-72 hours and then warmth after day 3 if it feels good). If you're tender around your gums (as opposed to being tender in your teeth/jaws/ligaments) you can get Orajel at the drug store, which rubs on your gums and takes the pain away. Finally, warm salt water swishes will help - it's a way to keep infection at bay, if you have any open wounds, and it has a tendency to sooth and take down some of the swelling. Stir salt into warm water (as hot as you are comfortable with) until no more salt will dissolve. Then swish it around your mouth and hold it in your mouth over the area that's sore.

Hope this helps!
 
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