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I Have A Toothache – What Do I Do?

I Have a Toothache – What Do I Do?

There’s a word nobody likes to hear. It’s the kind of word that carries a great deal of anxiety and worry for sufferers. Unfortunately, a toothache is something that many may experience in the course of a lifetime. Even with excellent oral care habits, you may experience a toothache due to an unexpected, accidental tooth fracture – often from biting down too hard on something like an ice cube. A toothache may also be caused by a damaged filling in the tooth, or even as the result of a repetitive chewing or teeth grinding motion. In short, not all toothaches are caused by tooth decay, infected gums, or an abscessed tooth. Although, these are leading causes, and many of them are due to poor oral health habits.

When you have a toothache, you’re likely to experience sharp pain when biting down, or a dull, continuous throbbing pain around the tooth that just doesn’t stop. You may also experience swelling and tenderness in the gums surrounding the tooth. This kind of pain and tenderness can also lead to additional symptoms such as fever, headache, earache, and muscle pain in the jaw.

So, what do I do if I have a toothache? First, call your dentist. There are a number of “home remedies” for toothache pain, but none are a substitute to making an appointment with the dental office and having them examine the issue and cure the problem. In short, remedies such as swishing your mouth with strong mouthwash, applying clove oil to the affected tooth, self-hypnosis, or taking painkillers may only relieve some of the immediate pain and swelling. But, due to the nature of a toothache, and the root causes, none of these remedies will solve the problem. If you have a fractured tooth, an abscessed tooth, or one with a cavity, the problem will only worsen as time goes by. Your best solution is to call the dental office and make an immediate appointment.

Please call (913) 338-3384 for an Emergency Appointment with Watts Family Dental.

But, I’m in pain and I can’t wait for an appointment! This is not typically a problem for most dental offices. If you call your dentist and explain that you’re having pain and trouble and that it is probably related to a tooth, they will often try to fit you in for an appointment on the same day (as long as the schedule allows). Here at Watts Family Dental in Overland Park, we reserve “emergency time” on our schedule every day, and we will work to accommodate the schedule of the patient. In most cases, we offer same day emergency service.

What can I do to reduce the pain today? Please consult with your dentist or physician before taking any medications. For adults, over-the-counter pain relievers will numb the pain until you can be seen by your dentist. If you’re not allergic to Advil (or Ibuprofen), you can take it every 6 hours to reduce the inflammation. In-between that time, you can take Extra Strength Tylenol to reduce the pain. For swelling around the affected area or muscle pain along the jaw line, you can apply an ice pack to your cheek or jaw (wrap the ice pack in a towel to avoid skin damage).

Again, the best remedy for a toothache is to call your Overland Park dentist and make an immediate appointment.

This article brought to you by Overland Park Dentist Dr. Doug Watts and Watts Family Dental. We’re committed to healthy smiles for the whole family. Please call (913) 338-3384 or visit our Overland Park, KS office. You may also send an e-mail direct to info@wattsfamilydental.com at any time.

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