How to Help Tooth Pain

“Ouch!” When you’re having throbbing tooth pain, you want to find out how to relieve it — fast!  So we’re here to tell you how to help tooth pain. Unfortunately, we can’t offer you a one-size-fits-all approach, because when you’re dealing with health matters, a professional needs to evaluate your tooth pain.

“When we get calls about how to help tooth pain, we take it very seriously,” says Dr. Jergins of ClearWhite Dental. “Because when you have tooth pain, it can really hinder the way you’ll function during the day. It also means that something could be wrong with your tooth or mouth health.”

ClearWhite Dental can help ease your tooth pain. You can call us for an emergency appointment, and we’ll do our best to get you right in.

So if you’re teeth hurt or you have that throbbing pain we mentioned earlier, here are…

3 Steps to Take to Help Tooth Pain

1. Identify the Problem When you start feeling tooth pain, and even before you try tooth pain remedies, call Dr. Jergins. His staff will discuss your symptoms with you, to help you determine what type of treatment you need. Do you best to explain what type of pain you’re having, to help the ClearWhite Dental team zero in on your tooth pain causes.

Tooth pain is linked to tooth decay and tooth infection. It also can be caused by cracks in your teeth that cause sensitivity, and broken teeth.

Wisdom tooth pain is also common, and a sign that you need an examination. So why do wisdom teeth hurt as they’re coming in? From the Mayo Clinic:

If the wisdom teeth emerge partially through the gums, a passageway is created, which can cause problems. And because this area is hard to see and clean, it can become a magnet for bacteria that cause gum disease and oral infection.

2. Take it Seriously. “Many times, people will put off calling their dentist about their toothache or tooth pain,” says Dr. Jergins. “This can be dangerous, especially if you’re dealing with an abscess and you don’t realize it.”

The American Dental Association says, “An abscessed tooth is an infection caused by tooth decay, periodontal disease or a cracked tooth. These problems can let bacteria enter the pulp (the soft tissue of a tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue) and can lead to pulp death. When pus builds up at the root tip in the jaw bone, it forms a pus-pocket called an abscess. If the abscess is not treated, it can lead to a serious infection in the jaw bone, teeth and surrounding tissues.”

The symptoms of an abscessed tooth are:

  • pain
  • swelling
  • redness in the gums
  • bad taste in the mouth
  • fever

As with most cases in dentistry, catching problems early can save you a lot of pain, time, and money in the long run.

3. Use Home Tooth Pain Remedies Cautiously. Since you can’t be sure what’s causing your tooth pain, make getting a professional opinion a priority.

Before you take any over-the-counter pain medications, call you primary care doctor and Dr. Jergins’s office.  Sure, you can ease your tooth pain with pain medicine, but that might actually mask your symptoms, and lull you into thinking your tooth pain “isn’t that bad.”

And, before you try home remedies for tooth pain, call your dentist. “There’s a lot of health advice related to tooth pain on the internet,” says Dr. Jergins. “But trying to ease your tooth pain really should begin at a dentist office.”

So if you experience tooth pain, don’t ignore it.  Call ClearWhite Dental at 727-791-8823, and we’ll help you figure out what’s causing your tooth pain, and give you options to feel better.

And, for more information on tooth pain and the causes of tooth pain, here’s a great article from the American Dental Association about the Top 10 Dental Symptoms.

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