Got a Toothache? Let an Emergency Dentist Share Ways to Find Relief

young woman with a bad toothache

No matter how meticulous you may be with your oral hygiene routine, you are more than likely going to experience the pain of a toothache at some point in your life. That throbbing, aching feeling makes it difficult to concentrate on anything else, but what do you do? Until you are able to schedule an appointment with your emergency dentist, let’s discuss some of the causes and how you can find relief.

What are the Leading Causes of Bad Toothaches?

You may think toothaches are brought on by food lodged between your teeth or something more severe like a cracked tooth; however, there are many other culprits you may not have considered. Let’s take a look at what can result in a bad toothache.

  • Food stuck between your teeth
  • Chipped or broken tooth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Sinus infection
  • Cavities
  • Abscessed tooth

Toothaches can range from minor to severe. Even if it is something as simple as flossing to dislodge food particles, it’s important to address the problem as soon as possible, and remember to always call your dentist.

How Can I Find Relief?

Now that you have an idea of what can cause a toothache, you are probably wondering how you can get relief. Here are a few ways!

  • Flossing: If food is lodged between your teeth, gently floss the area to remove any debris.
  • Over-the-Counter Pain Medication: While there are many pain-relieving options available, make sure to avoid aspirin, as it can burn your gums.
  • Cold Compress: For instances of a chipped or cracked tooth, place a cold compress against your cheek to prevent inflammation. It also helps to numb the area, which will help to provide temporary relief. Your dentist may suggest placing a dental crown over the problem area.
  • Pain-Relieving Gels: Apply directly to the pained tooth and gum area. The numbing agent, benzocaine, will temporarily relieve any discomfort you may be experiencing.

Also, until you are able to see your dentist, try not to chew on the side of your mouth that is experiencing the toothache. This can be probably one of the most difficult things to remember, as we are creatures of habit, but if possible, avoid it.

If your tooth is abscessed or infected, your dentist may need to take x-rays to determine the best course of action. Depending on the severity, treatment options can include a root canal, antibiotics, or tooth extraction.

Remember to call your emergency dentist as soon as you begin to experience a toothache. While many at-home remedies can alleviate the pain, only a professional can provide a conclusive diagnosis and ensure you receive proper care.

About the Practice 
If you’re looking for a dental practice that promotes convenience, efficiency, safety, and peace of mind, you’ve come to the right place! Diamond Beach Dental provides comfort, a highly trained staff, and same day emergency dentistry appointments should you be in need of urgent dental care. To learn more about our practice, contact us via the website or call (609) 522-3145.

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