At Beacon Dental Group, we define a toothache as pain felt in your tooth, around your tooth, or when pressure is applied to your teeth. You could get a toothache for a variety of reasons. Some of the reasons are minor, while others are significant problems that demand immediate attention from a dentist. All of us at Beacon Dental Group in Dorchester, Massachusetts, want to make sure that every one of our patients knows how to deal with a toothache. We’ve listed a few different types of toothaches and how to treat them below. It is better to be prepared and aware of how to handle a toothache than to be reactive to the situation. If you have any concerns, please let us know!
The pulp of our teeth contains several different blood vessels and nerve endings. Extreme sensitivity and pain will begin to influence your mouth when they are harmed, whether by illness or your own mistakes. You’ll be able to tell if it’s an emergency based on the level of discomfort you’re experiencing. A toothache can be caused by several different factors, including:
- Tooth decay
- A dental emergency
- Damaged dental work
- Grinding (Bruxism)
We can treat most of these issues with at-home remedies; however, each of these issues can escalate and become a problem that needs serious dental attention. If you begin to experience bleeding, inflammation, and intense sensitivity when dealing with a toothache, please call us right away. We can have you in our emergency dental office in no time, and we can work together to fix your tooth and make you more comfortable.
At-Home Toothache Remedies
You can do several things at home to help correct your toothache. We have listed some options below that almost everyone can do.
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water: Saltwater is an antiseptic, and it will eliminate any bacteria that have accumulated in your mouth. It’ll help loosen any lodged food or bacteria between your teeth.
- Use a cold compress: If you’re experiencing inflammation, a cold compress will help to reduce the irritation and swelling in your blood vessels.
- Use over-the-counter pain relievers: You can use any over-the-counter pain reliever to assist in pain relief. Make sure you follow the directions and only take what you need.
Give us a call if these solutions do not relieve the pain of your toothache or aid your situation in any way. There may be a more pressing problem that isn’t visible. We’ll make every effort to get you into our office as soon as possible.
If you have a severe toothache that will not go away with any at-home remedies, then it is time for you to come into our dental office. We can use digital technology to see if there is anything wrong with your alignment, teeth that have not come in yet (like your wisdom teeth), check for any infection, or any issues with dental appliances. Depending on what the problem is and its severity will depend on your treatment options.
The best thing you can do to avoid getting a toothache in the first place. If you practice good oral hygiene every day, there is a lesser chance of getting a toothache. We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes, flossing between all of your teeth, and using mouthwash. The more you can eliminate bacteria, the more you will avoid toothaches.
At Beacon Dental Group, we want our patients to be comfortable. If you have an issue, do what you can to resolve it yourself, and then give us a call. If it is a dental emergency, do not hesitate to call or come into our dental office in Dorchester, Massachusetts, right away.