Ouch! My Tooth Hurts! What Can I Do?

Let’s face it – toothaches are not fun.

Some tooth pain is sharp and shooting, others can be dull and throbbing. The pain can be constant or intermittent, or may be a direct response to cold or hot drinks, sweets or pressure from chewing.

Tooth decay causes tooth pain when the pulp of the tooth – the inside substance that has tissue and nerves – has become irritated. Other causes of tooth pain include tooth or gum infection, sinus infection, chipped or cracked teeth or broken fillings or crowns.

Whatever the cause, it is very important to contact us right away for an appointment! Tooth pain is not normal and is a sign that something is not right.

There are some temporary measures that you can take to ease the pain before you are able to see your dentist:

  • Cold compress. If you are experiencing swelling as well as pain, try holding a cold compress against the outside of the cheek for relief. The cold temperature can reduce inflammation as well as numb the area and reduce your pain.
  • Salt water rinses. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water can temporarily relieve a toothache as well as swollen gums. Just use 2 teaspoons of salt to a cup of warm water, swish the solution around in your mouth and then spit it out. Warm water is soothing and the salt can ease swelling.
  • Medication. With your doctor’s permission, take over-the-counter pain medication. Always follow package directions and never hold the medicine directly against your tooth or gum as this can burn nearby tissue. Medication can ease your pain but it will not cure the problem.

Remember, a painful tooth no matter what the cause will not get better on its own! Call us today if you or a family member is experiencing tooth pain– we have the solution.

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Dr. Lorraine Burioof Candlewood Dental Carehas been treating and educating patients for over twenty-five years. Our officeserves the New Fairfield, New Milford, Danbury, and Sherman areas of CT and Pawling, Patterson and Putnam Lake of New York. You can call us at 203-746-1200 or make an appointment here.