It can come and go, or it can be constant. It can be sharp or dull. A hot drink or cold ice cream might bring it on. Biting down on something or even a change in the weather could aggravate it. Perhaps it gets worse at night, when you are lying down for sleep. Whatever symptoms your toothache might display, the one thing they always bring is pain.
There are many situations that cause toothache, including:
- Tooth decay
- Tooth fracture
- Infected (abscessed) tooth
- Damaged filling
- Grinding teeth
- Gum disease
- Severe congestion from illness
With so many causes and so many levels of severity, the source of the pain might seem like a needle in a haystack – and no one wants to do that with a toothache! Fortunately, your Sacramento emergency dentist at the Marconi Dental Group knows what to do. With a thorough examination consisting of precise questions, x-rays, and tests, the source is identified and addressed. But what if you cannot get into our office right away?
Managing Toothache at Home
Here are a few home remedies to keep the pain under control until your dental appointment.
- Rinse your mouth with warm water. Avoid mouthwashes — they will likely intensify the pain.
- Carefully use dental floss to remove any foreign objects from the area.
- Gently use a soft-bristled toothbrush with desensitizing toothpaste.
- Apply a cold compress to the cheek.
- Try an over-the-counter pain reliever, but do not go over the recommended dosage.
Of course, these will not resolve the toothache, but only make it easier to bear. The first and foremost thing you can do is get in to see your dentist at the earliest opportunity.
The Unbearable Pain of Toothache
If the pain is too much, or if it is accompanied by severe pressure, swelling, or intense sensitivity, you might have an infected tooth. A pus-filled sac, called an abscess, might be causing the pain and pressure. If there is no other option, seek out your nearest emergency room for temporary assistance with the pain, but get to your dentist as soon as possible. Relieving your toothache might require draining the abscess, drying the pulp tissue, or even performing a root canal to save you from losing the tooth.
Moreover, an infection doesn’t always go away when the pain does. Follow-up appointments with your dentist make sure the infection does not spread to other teeth, starting the pain all over again.
Toothaches happen for a reason. Your dentist at the Marconi Dental Group can help determine what your teeth are trying to tell you. If you experience any persistent or constant tooth pain, give us a call immediately!