Causes of a Tooth Pain
Toothache or tooth pain can be a dull throbbing pain, mild toothache or severe pain that causes you serious discomfort such that you cannot think properly.
The only bright side of having a tooth pain is that it is a message that something is not right and you need to have it fixed.
Common causes of toothache include:
- Tooth injury
- Tooth decay
- Tissue or tooth pulp damage
- Infection of the gums and tooth
- Sinus headache
- Grinding teeth
All these tooth pain causes are capable of developing into serious health problems very fast if they are not treated promptly.
How to End a Toothache
The most ideal thing that you should do when you experience tooth pain is to see an experienced dentist like Dr. Gabe Doria at his dental practice in Bayonne, New Jersey in Hudson County. Do so as fast as you can to be examined and treated before your dental problem escalates. However, if that is not possible, there are things that you should do to ease tooth pain as you wait to see the dentist.
They include the following:
- Pain medication: Use over-the-counter medication or pain relievers to ease the pain. These include ibuprofen, naproxen and acetaminophen. If your mouth is bleeding or in case of a dental emergency, do not take aspirin.
- Clean the affected area: Use floss to clean the tooth that is aching and brush gently before you use an antiseptic mouthwash to rinse your mouth.
- Use an emergency dental kit: In case your toothache is due to a fallen filling, get an emergency dental kit from the local pharmacy. Follow the instructions provided on its package. You can ease tooth pain using the clove oil and eugenol in the dental kit.
- Cold compress: You can reduce swelling by numbing the area. Take a plastic bag and put ice cubes in it. Wrap the plastic bag in a cloth then press it on your jaw or cheek for approximately five to ten minutes.
- Salt rinse: Add a spoonful of clean sea salt into warm water in a glass and use the mixture to rinse the aching area.
- Warm compress: Use hot water to warm tea bag. Place the warm tea bag on the aching area when at a warm, comfortable temperature.
- Hydrogen peroxide: Dip a cotton ball or swab in hydrogen peroxide. Apply it on the affected area then discard the used swab. To prevent re-infection, use a clean cotton swab every time you want to apply hydrogen peroxide.
Call Dr. Gabe in Case of a Dental Emergency
If after an injury or accident your tooth becomes loose or gets knocked out, here are important things that you should do as you wait to see Dr. Gabe:
- Knocked out tooth: Rinse your mouth with cool water. Tuck the knocked out tooth in your cheek to ensure that it remains hydrated by your saliva. You can also use milk by placing it in a cup with milk to ensure that it remains hydrated as you wait to see Dr. Gabe at his dental practice in Bayonne, New Jersey in Hudson County.
- Loose tooth: Press the tooth into its position gently by trying to hold it in place using your tongue. Use your saliva to ensure that the tooth remains hydrated.
When to Visit a Dental Emergency Room
Visit an emergency dentist in case you experience any of the following:
- Difficulty in swallowing, chewing or breathing
- Irregular heartbeat or chest pain
- Decreased or increased blood pressure
When you visit Dr. Gabe Doria with a dental emergency, he may prescribe medication for your toothache or pain. However, an ER physician might not be knowledgeable or have tools that are necessary to handle a dental emergency. That’s why you should visit a reputable dentist like Dr. Gabe Doria at his dental practice in Bayonne, New Jersey in Hudson County when you have a dental emergency.
Dr. Gabe and his staff are experienced at treating different dental problems including toothache. If you have a dental emergency, you do not have to schedule an appointment. Simply call or visit Dr. Gabe for immediate assistance.