Remedy Toothache Pain in our Sioux Falls Office
Dr. Beecroft and the entire team at First Class Dental Care of Sioux Falls, SD, know that a toothache is no laughing matter. Tooth pain can severely limit your ability to function day to day and may even result in time away from work, school, and other activities. We’ve compiled a list of possible toothache causes and a remedy or two that you may try at home until you are able to get into our office.
What are Some Toothache Causes?
Tooth pain may be caused by several factors, but tooth decay is the usual culprit. If you have a toothache, you may have a cavity or advanced gum disease. The first symptom of decay is typically tooth pain that occurs when you eat something very cold, very hot, or overly sweet.
The pulp (inside) of a tooth is composed of tissue and nerves, which may become irritated and cause your tooth to ache. Tooth pain is often accompanied by fever, swelling around the affected tooth, and a foul taste in your mouth. Some other common reasons for a toothache include:
- Abscessed tooth/Infected nerve
- Tooth Trauma, including a fractured tooth, damaged filling or other dental work
- TMJ Pain caused by chewing gum or grinding teeth
- Infections in the mouth
- Tooth Eruption
Non-Tooth Related Pain
TMJ/TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) pain may be causing jaw pain, which may be exacerbated by activities like chewing gum or eating sunflower seeds. Excessive facial tension is often mistaken for tooth pain, as are infections of the sinuses or ear. Pain around the teeth and jaw area can indicate heart disease, which may prompt your dentist to refer you to a physician.
How to Help Toothache Pain Until You Can See Your Sioux Falls Dentist
Never ignore a toothache. Pain is how your body lets you know that all is not well. If left untreated, a toothache and its underlying cause can worsen and become very serious. Contact First Class Dental Care as soon as possible for an appointment. If it is an emergency situation, make an emergency appointment with us or go directly to the hospital emergency room.
There are things you can do at home to remedy your tooth pain until you can get in to see Dr. Beecroft.
- Use floss to gently clean around the affected tooth to dislodge any food or debris that may be causing irritation.
- Gently rinse the area with warm saltwater.
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen, as directed on the package. Never put pain reliever directly against the skin or gum as it may burn the gum tissue.
- Apply an over-the-counter toothache gel directly to the area of the sore tooth and gum. You may also apply clove oil (eugenol) to the gum area to numb the pain, either by direct application or by soaking a cotton ball with the oil and placing it over the painful area.
- Put a cold compress on your cheek to reduce swelling in the affected area.
If your tooth pain is the result of trauma, such as a broken tooth, place gauze or a piece of chewing gum or gauze over the jagged edge of your broken tooth to prevent cutting your cheek or tongue.
If you have knocked a tooth out try placing it back into the socket and gently bite down secure it in place. You may use gauze or a wet tea bag to cushion the area but be very aware and do not swallow the tooth. The tooth may also be placed in a glass of milk or held in the cheek if it will not fit back into the socket.
How Will First Class Dental Care Treat My Toothache?
When you arrive at our Sioux Falls office, Dr. Beecroft will conduct a full oral evaluation to determine the cause of your toothache. He will look for indications, including redness and swelling or obvious tooth or gum damage. X-rays may be necessary to detect unseen decay, cracked or impacted teeth or problems with the supporting bone structure.
Dr. Beecroft may need to prescribe an antibiotic and/or pain medication to facilitate healing. Depending on the source of your toothache pain, the tooth may have to be removed or a root canal may be in order to permanently remedy your toothache.
Call the Sioux Falls Toothache Specialists
Are you ready to remedy your tooth pain and feel healthy again? Dr. Beecroft and the friendly staff at First Class Dental Care have a goal to eradicate toothache pain from patients in the Sioux Falls area. Contact us today!