Why Your Teeth Might Be Hurting
A toothache can bring throbbing pain to your mouth and be quite severe. You probably don’t need to be told to contact your dentist as soon as possible if you are experiencing this emergency.
There are several different signs that indicate you should see a dentist right away, in addition to pain around the tooth. These include:
- Foul taste in your mouth or bad breath
- Bleeding in your mouth
- Swelling around the tooth
- Facial swelling
Different factors that may be causing your tooth to feel painful include:
- Infections in the mouth
- Abscessed tooth
- Trauma to the tooth or surrounding tissue
- Teeth grinding
- Infected nerve
- Tooth decay
- Damaged dental work
What To Do When You Have A Toothache
If you have tooth pain your first course of action is to stop any bleeding using clean gauze. If the tooth itself or a piece of the tooth has been lost you will need to find it. Once found, clean it off by dusting off anything that might be sticking to it, but avoid running water over it.
If possible, place the tooth carefully into the socket, and bite down gently. If you’re not able to push the tooth back into the socket, add some milk to a lidded container and place the tooth inside. This may help preserve the tooth and make it more likely that your dentist will be able to replace it.
If swelling and pain are present, you can try a recommended dose of an over-the-counter pain medication and apply and icepack on the affected area.
You should then make an appointment with your dentist so the issue can be diagnosed and treated. Note that most dental pain will not stop on its own, and attempting to diagnose or treat the issue yourself could lead to serious issues long-term.
Depending on the cause of the pain, our dentists at Accolade Dental in Yorkville may either tell you that you should come to our office right away for treatment, or make an appointment to see you as soon as possible.
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If you have experienced trauma to the tooth that has caused a fracture or breakage, or if you are in severe pain that you are unable to manage yourself, call our office as soon as you are comfortable and safe. We will make room for you in our schedule as soon as possible for emergency dental treatment.
If your case is less severe, here are some other things you can do to manage your discomfort until your appointment time:
- Rinse your mouth using salt water
- Record your pain
- Keep your teeth clean
- If the tooth is broken, apply a piece of gauze over the jagged edge of the tooth