Even when you practice proper oral hygiene, dental emergencies may arise from time to time. It is important that you know what to do to care for your tooth to ease pain and swelling. With any dental emergency, go to the dentist as soon as possible. Ignoring a dental issue can increase the risk of irreversible damage to the tooth.
As the name suggests, a toothache is pain in or surrounding a tooth. It can be caused by:
- Tooth decay
- An abscess
- A fractured tooth
- A damaged dental filling
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Infected gums
If you develop a toothache or tooth sensitivity, there are many things you can do to ease your discomfort. The first thing you should do is rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water. Next, remove any food that is lodged between your teeth with dental floss. Place a cold compress on the outside of your mouth or cheek if you experience swelling. If needed, take over-the-counter painkiller. However, do not place a painkiller against your gums. This can burn your gum tissue.
Visit Dr. Pooja Goel at Smiles for Life Dental Group as soon as possible if your toothache that lasts longer than one or two days. A toothache also needs immediate attention if it is severe or if you have a fever, an earache, or discomfort when you open your mouth wide.
Contact our dental office today to learn more about toothache treatment in Santa Clara, California, and to schedule an appointment. We are happy to serve you and your smile.