Toothaches are frustrating & painful!
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Tooth pain and toothaches happen for many reasons. First & foremost, schedule an appointment so a dentist can tell you exactly why the pain is happening. It could be minor, like a cavity, or it could be something more complicated.
The most common reason is due to cavities or tooth decay, but it could also be an abscess, an infection at the root of your tooth
While you wait for your appointment, try swishing 1/2 spoon of table salt & water, hydrogen peroxide, or taking ibuprofen
Here are some of the FAQ we’ve received from our patients. Have additional questions or concerns, call us: 203-883-4433
There may be quite a few reasons why your tooth hurts. The most common reason is due to cavities or tooth decay. Another reason why your tooth may hurt is because of an abscess. An abscess is an infection that is at the root of the tooth, causing a throbbing pain that commonly is described as “excruciating.”
In general, it refers to pain experienced in or around your tooth or jaw. In most instances, though, it refers specifically to the condition of the tooth. Your teeth are made up of two basic parts, the crown, and the root. The root is the portion of the tooth below the gumline that encases the pulp (nerve) of the tooth. Any inflammation of the nerve results in uncomfortable warning signals that “something is not right.” In severe cases you may need a root canal.
One of the best things that you can do to help in relieving the pain is to take an over-the-counter pain medication. This could be ones such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or another that you typically take. This can greatly help the pain, and help you to get to the date of your dentist appointment.
No! Another thing that many people find helpful is to do a saltwater rinse. If you add a 1/2 spoon of table salt and 8 ounces of water, simply swish water in your mouth and then spit it out. Be sure to not swallow the rinse, or this could upset your stomach.
Another tip that you can do if your face is swollen is to put an ice pack or cold compress on your cheek – this will also help to ease the pain, especially if your tooth has been shipped or is loose.
Hydrogen peroxide is another option. It can help with healing the bacteria as well as relieving some of the discomfort that you could be experiencing. The best way to do this is to swish a mouthful of hydrogen peroxide solution in your mouth, and then spit it out.
Of course, a hydrogen peroxide option is only for swishing. Never swallow the hydrogen peroxide!
Of course, every case is different, and there is not a specific answer until you have a visit with a dental professional. However, if the pain is manageable and does not disrupt your day-to-day life, waiting until your appointment with your dentist will be fine.
If the pain continues to get worse, reach out your local emergency dentist to schedule an appointment.
The best way to keep your smile healthy is to brush your teeth regularly with fluoride toothpaste, floss your teeth daily, limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks, avoid smoking, and visit your dentist twice a year for preventative checkups and professional cleanings. These can help you address any dental issues right at the beginning stages so you don’t necessarily have to ever experience the undesirable symptoms of a full-blown toothache.
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