A toothache is described as pain in the tooth or gum. The most common cause of a toothache is a cavity or an injury to a tooth that exposes the pulp, which is heavily supplied by nerves. To treat your toothache, your dentist will first obtain your medical history and conduct an brief oral examination. He or she will ask you questions about the pain, such as when the pain started, how severe it is, where the pain is located, what makes the pain worse, and what makes it better. Our number one priority is your comfort. Our goal is to get you out of any pain as soon as we can.
If you’ve had a toothache for more than 2 days or the pain is severe and has caused a fever, earache or pain when opening your mouth, contact Grover Dental Care immediately!
Chipped or Broken Teeth
If your tooth is broken, chipped, or fractured, contact Grover Dental Care as soon as possible. Otherwise, your tooth could be damaged further or become infected, possibly causing you to end up losing the tooth.
In the meantime, try the following home-care remedies:
- If the tooth is painful, take acetaminophen or another over-the-counter pain reliever. Rinse your mouth with salt water.
- If the break has caused a sharp or jagged edge, cover it with a piece of wax paraffin or sugarless chewing gum to keep it from cutting your tongue or the inside of your lip or cheek.
- If you must eat, eat soft foods and avoid biting down on the broken tooth
A lost filling or crown is rarely an emergency. However, it can be painful because the exposed tooth tissue is often sensitive to temperature, pressure or air. If you lose a crown, put it in a safe place and make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as you can.
However don’t wait too long. What is left of the tooth will not be as strong as your crown. It could be damaged more without the crown to protect it.
When a tooth persistently throbs and keeps you up at night with pain, it could be something more worrisome than a simple toothache. An abscessed tooth is an infection within a tooth that has spread to the root tip or around the root.
If you feel that you may be experiencing something worse than a standard toothache, please call us immediately! Leaving a tooth abscess untreated can lead to serious complications.
Did you know that the average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has three or more decayed or missing teeth? If you are missing one or more teeth, there are plenty of reasons to correct the problem. For one thing, a large space between your teeth may affect how you speak or eat. Even if it’s not noticeable, a missing molar can affect how you chew. Remaining teeth may shift and in some cases, bone loss can occur around a missing tooth.
Call us today so we can schedule a consultation to go over your options on replacing missing teeth.
Relief of Pain and Discomfort
If you are experiencing pain and discomfort, your first step should be to call our office. If in the off chance you cannot get in to see a dentist, you can try the following home-care remedies:
- Saltwater Rinse
- Over-the-counter pain relievers
- Cold Compress
- Over-the-counter Anesthetics
- Clove Oil
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