Are you or your child suffering from constant, dull, or sharp pain in a single tooth? If you answered yes, there is a good chance that you might be experiencing a toothache. Toothaches can present themselves differently depending on the location and the severity of the issue affecting the tooth. This blog post will hopefully help you learn about what could be causing your toothache and what you should do in the event of one.
There are multiple possible causes of a toothache, including:
- Cracked or broken teeth
- An abscessed tooth
- Loose or fallen out fillings
- Severe tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Untreated cavities
How Long Will My Toothache Last?
Toothaches caused by decay will continue to cause irritation and pain until the tooth’s nerve dies or you come into our dental office in Syracuse, Utah, to remove the decay. Often, toothaches caused by an abscessed tooth will stop when the infection gets into the tooth’s nerve center and stops sending pain signals or when the tooth gets extracted.
Pain that prevents you from eating, drinking, or even going to work (or school) indicates something serious is wrong. Don’t try to “wait it out” in the hopes that your symptoms may go away on their own. Dental infections caused by decay or abscesses do not improve with time; instead, they worsen and grow more complicated. If your tooth pain gets worse over time or lasts more than a few days, there’s probably something serious going on in your mouth, and you should see your dentist as soon as possible.
Contact Our Office:
Only a dentist has the ability, and the diagnose a toothache as an actual dental issue that needs treatment. If you are experiencing pain, we urge you to schedule an appointment to have one of our dentists give you a thorough dental exam.
Before your appointment, if you are experiencing severe pain, we would recommend taking minor pain and anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or Tylenol. Be sure to read the label and take the correct amount.
Clean your mouth and reduce swelling in your gums by rinsing warm salt water. Do this two to three times a day to reduce swelling. If possible, brush and floss your teeth to try and remove anything lodged or stuck.
In-Office Toothache Treatment
Your specific treatment will determine the cause and severity of your toothache. Our dentists will work closely with you on deciding the best possible treatment. We perform treatments such as:
- Fillings: remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill it with composite material to restore it.
- Extractions: if your natural tooth is severely infected beyond repair, we recommend extraction and a tooth replacement treatment.
- Change of Oral Care Products: some patients may react to certain oral care products. If this is the case, we will suggest changing products.
While determining the correct type of treatment for your situation, we will help alleviate pain by numbing the infected tooth.
Tooth Pain Assistance in Syracuse, Utah
For residents in Syracuse and surrounding cities, we are open and available to assist you in finding the root of your toothache and proper treatment. For any questions relating to tooth pain that you might be experiencing, please call our office, VIP Smiles. Any member of our team will be willing to help you.
We hate seeing our patients in pain, and we will do all that we can to help you and your tooth feel better.