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What to Do During a Toothache

March 11, 2020
Posted By: Anthony Bartels, DDS, Staff

Dental pain can be excruciating and miserable—in fact, some mothers compare it to childbirth! If you ever experience tooth pain, do not ignore it. Your body is trying to tell you something is seriously wrong that will keep getting worse—and more painful.

So what causes toothaches, and what can we do about them?

Common Types of Tooth Pain

Within each of our teeth are nerves. When you get an infection or a cavity, you may not feel pain at first—not until the root is exposed. First, you'll notice unusual sensitivity to hot and cold sensations. As you start feeling pain, your body is signaling to you that the pulp and nerves inside your tooth are becoming infected. Exposed nerves result in debilitating pain, especially considering that a considerable percentage of our nerves are in our face and oral cavity. 

The irritation to your pulp can be a result of a large cavity or a fracture in the tooth. If the tooth is left untreated and inflamed, it might lose blood circulation and eventually die and become abscessed or infected. 

Why Do You Feel Tooth Pain?

Well, we won't know the exact cause of your toothache until your emergency dentist in Jonesboro, Dr. Anthony Bartels, can take a look at your mouth. Typically, most tooth pain is caused by the following:

  • Tooth decay
  • Abscessed and infected tooth
  • Fractured tooth
  • Filling that has fallen out
  • Bruxism (chewing and grinding teeth)
  • Infection
  • Severe periodontal disease

When to See My Emergency Dentist in Jonesboro

You don't need to have a dramatic accident or sudden bleeding to consider your situation a dental emergency. We advise you to give us a call if you have any migraines, sinus headaches, ear pain, fever, tooth pain, swelling of the gums, and foul taste. 

How Do I Relieve My Tooth Pain?

  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever like Ibuprofen or Tylenol
  • Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water can help with swelling and inflammation
  • Topical anesthetic like Orajel can help with gum swelling
  • Holding a cold compress can numb the area

When Should You Come to Anthony Bartels, DDS?

Make an immediate dental appointment if your pain hasn't gone away after one or two days. If you ever notice swelling or bleeding don't wait and call us right away. We know how painful dental emergencies are, so we always try to see our patients right away.

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