If you’ve ever experienced a bad tooth ache, you know how debilitating the pain can be. Tooth ache pain can be so unbearable that it prevents you from sleeping, eating, drinking and even going to work.
What Are The Symptoms of Tooth Ache?
The main reason for tooth aches is that the nerve of the tooth is being irritated. When this happens, you may experience a range of symptoms from mild to severe. Tooth aches may come on gradually, over a period of days, or they may come on very suddenly. Symptoms include:
- throbbing pain
- stiffness in the jaw and neck
- Red, inflamed-looking cheeks
- sharp, stabbing pain
What Causes Tooth Aches?
Tooth aches are often indicative of an underlying problem. The first thing to do is to contact your dentist’s office and make an emergency appointment.
A broken tooth can bring on a tooth ache because this condition may expose the nerves of the tooth to the air. If you break your tooth, try to avoid panicking. If you act quickly, your dentist may be able to save the tooth. In any event, your dentist will be able to reconstruct the tooth so it functions and looks like any other tooth. Gently rinse your mouth to get out any debris or blood that may be in the mouth. To reduce swelling, apply a chilled gel pack to the area.
If the tooth has actually been knocked out, try to keep it in its socket until you’re able to see the dentist. If that’s not possible, place it in a glass of milk, saline solution or even your own saliva. Keep the tooth submerged until you can be seen at the dentist’s office or emergency room.
A fractured tooth may not become obvious until it leads to a tooth ache. Upon closer inspection, you may notice a hairline fracture. If this happens to you, use a chilled cloth or gel pack to minimize swelling and to help relieve the pain. Your dentist may be able to gently sand the tooth to restore it. A fractured tooth requires a dental appointment to ensure that there are no other underlying problems with the tooth.
Home Relief of Tooth Aches
When you have a severe tooth ache, you may get partial immediate relief by taking an over-the-counter pain medication. You can also get some pain relief by applying a chilled gel pack on the outer part of the jaw where the tooth ache is. In the meantime, though, it’s important to contact your dentist to get permanent relief and treatment for a tooth ache.
We Can Stop the Pain
Tooth aches aren’t a normal part of life. If you have a tooth ache, it’s a sign that something is wrong and you need to see a dentist. At the dentist’s office, you’ll get almost immediate pain relief while the dentist is treating your tooth ache because your dentist will be able to numb the area with medication. Once treatment has been completed, the tooth ache usually completely vanishes.
Contact our office to learn more about how we can stop tooth ache pain and treat the underlying causes of tooth ache.