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What’s Causing Your Toothache?

There is no way around it: a toothache is painful and inconvenient. Whether it’s a dull throbbing or a sharp shooting sensation, toothache can make it difficult to eat. In serious cases, chronic toothache may lead to issues of malnutrition.

The best way to determine the cause of your toothache and obtain relief is to schedule an appointment with the Champagne Smiles team. We will ask you questions about the nature of your toothache, your dental history and current oral hygiene habits to get to the root of the problem. Once we’ve identified the cause, we will suggest a plan of action to treat the underlying issue and alleviate your symptoms.

The #1 Cause of Toothaches

The primary cause of toothaches is tooth decay (a cavity). You may have decay if you experience pain while eating something sweet, cold or hot. This suggests that the dental pulp (tissue and nerves inside your tooth’s core) has become inflamed or irritated and is causing your tooth to ache.

Other Possible Causes

  • A loose filling
  • Gum disease
  • Gum recession
  • Abscess
  • Impacted tooth
  • Chronic grinding/clenching
  • Trauma
  • TMJ (causes pain that resembles a toothache)

Temporary Relief from a Toothache

If you experience a toothache at an inconvenient time — either on the weekends, in the middle of the night or while traveling — there are certain things you can do to alleviate your pain.

Take an over-the-counter pill like aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help with the aches and pains. Hold a cold compress on the outside of your cheek, or an ice cube inside your mouth to soothe swelling and pain. Keep your head elevated to reduce the pressure and throbbing sensation. Gently floss or rinse with warm water (mixed with a teaspoon of salt) to remove any bits of food stuck between the teeth. Then, call our office to make an emergency appointment.

How We Can Help

After determining the cause of your toothache, our team will quickly spring into action to treat the problem and relieve your symptoms. Catching the problem in its earliest stages presents the best chance of successful rehabilitation. If left untreated, the condition can become worse.

Treatment depends on the underlying cause of your toothache; it may include a regimen of antibiotics, tooth extraction or a root canal. If our dentists suspect that a medical condition is causing your toothache, we will recommend you see your primary physician for a full work-up.

Contact Champagne Smiles

Suffering from a toothache? We can help. Contact our office by calling 888-788-8615 or sending us an email.

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