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Q: What Should I Do If I Develop A Toothache?

A: If you have developed a toothache—either suddenly or over time—there are some steps you should keep in mind as you seek treatment. First, you can minimize some of your discomfort by rinsing with warm water and checking around the affected tooth to see if a piece of food has become lodged around it. Sometimes by flossing you’ll find what was causing your pain. If you are experiencing any swelling in addition to pain, apply a cold compress to the area. A simple pain reliever may also provide some relief, but do not put an aspirin directly on the tooth, as this can damage your gum tissues.

If you are experiencing pain or other symptoms as a result of a toothache, following the above steps can help you experience relief from your painful symptoms. But the most important step you can take is giving one of our emergency dental offices a phone call. If your pain has lasted more than a couple of days, don’t put off care any longer. There are others cases, though, where you may not want to wait at all. If your pain is accompanied by symptoms like a fever, earache, or pain when you open your mouth, call us immediately.

Like any health problem, toothaches can have a variety of causes. Some of the most common causes of toothaches include:

  • Tooth Decay
  • Tooth Fracture
  • Gum Infection
  • Abscess

It’s also possible that your pain could be the result of a neuromuscular condition like bruxism or TMJ-disorder.  In both cases, patients can experience painful symptoms that affect their smiles and others parts of the head, neck, and shoulders. If an infection is the reason for your pain, it’s also possible for other parts of the body to be affected if the problem is not addressed. If left untreated, your infection could spread to other parts of the face and even to the bloodstream, giving it access to other parts of the body. That’s why it is so important to have your toothache diagnosed and treated properly.

Depending on what’s causing your toothache, different kinds of pain can be expected. Some patients may experience a dull discomfort, while others may report feeling a sharp pain. Your pain may also feel like it is throbbing, or it may feel more constant.

When you see a medical professional about your toothache, a comprehensive oral exam will be performed. X-rays will also be taken to give your doctor an inside look at your smile. The more that we can know about your smile and your medical history, the faster we can determine the best course of action to provide treatment.

If you have been experiencing severe pain in one or more of your teeth, call your test or one of our emergency dental centers a call today. Treating painful toothaches early, before they have time to develop into something more serious, is essential to preserving excellent oral health. Please, give us a call, or explore our website to learn more about us.

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