Generally, tooth pain is a result of inflammation of the soft, center part of the tooth. There are many things that can cause a toothache. Some of these oral problems include:
-Infection at the root of the tooth
-Chipped or broken teeth
Toothaches are not always severe. Tooth pain may seem like just an inconvenience and not worth an immediate call to the dental office, but waiting until the pain becomes worse is rarely the best option.
It's important to see your dentist as soon as possible about your toothache if:
-You have a toothache that lasts longer than 1 or 2 days
-Your toothache is severe
-You have a fever, earache, or pain upon opening your mouth wide
If left untreated, a toothache and the condition that is causing it can worsen. However, if you are unable to schedule an emergency appointment, the following self-care treatment can temporarily alleviate pain and inflammation from a toothache:
-Rinse with warm salt water
-Gently floss teeth to dislodge any food particles trapped between teeth.
-Take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen to relieve pain.
-Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth, as it may burn the gum tissue.
For more information about toothaches contact the dental team at Smiles at SummerHill Dental in Newmarket, Ontario. Our dentist have the knowledge to diagnose and treat your tooth pain.