How to Deal with A Toothache until You See a Dentist

Dr. Ash Sagar

Sudden toothaches can be a source of stress and anxiety. You might not know how to find the right dentist or what to do until you get there.

Toothaches can be excruciating. When your teeth hurt, it’s hard to concentrate on anything else. You feel like you are going to lose your mind if you don’t find relief soon. 

A toothache is best treated by finding out the cause of the pain and then treating it accordingly. It could be that there’s an infection or something more serious going on with one of your teeth, so make sure that you see a dentist as soon as possible. We will discuss ways to relieve the pain until you can get in touch with us for help.

A toothache is experienced when inflammation in the central area causes pain in the nerve endings.  Tooth decay is the most common cause of toothaches. If it’s not treated fast enough, it could lead to an abscess. Other common causes of toothaches are:

  • sensitive teeth
  • cracked tooth
  • impacted tooth (usually a wisdom tooth)
  • abscessed teeth
  • dental trauma

A sore tooth is usually an indication that there is something wrong with your teeth or gums. However, in some cases, a toothache can be referred pain, meaning that another problem in the body caused it.

Over-the-counter Toothache Relief

You should be able to get some toothache relief from the drugstore while you’re waiting for your dentist appointment. Here’s a list of over-the-counter products that you can use to treat your toothache and help reduce dental pain and inflammation:

Home Remedies for Toothache

Try these toothache home remedies for temporary relief of a toothache:

When Should You Visit a Dentist for Toothache?

Making a dental appointment with your dentist is the most critical step in addressing sudden tooth pain. If you have any of these symptoms, contact them immediately:

  • constant tooth pain 
  • fever
  • red gums or persistent mouth sores
  • swollen or bleeding gums
  • sensitive teetha
  • a cracked tooth or a filling
  • a bad taste in the mouth
  • facial or mouth swelling

Final Thoughts

If you’re experiencing a toothache, it’s essential to see a dentist as soon as possible. Many factors can lead to toothaches, such as dental decay or gum disease. They should never be ignored because the pain will only worsen. Our dentists will be able to provide toothache treatment and recommend an appropriate course of action. The sooner you seek dental treatment for your toothache, the better chance you have of relieving some of that discomfort before it gets out of hand.

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