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Tooth Pain

How do I stop tooth pain quickly?

This depends a great deal on what is causing your tooth pain. It could be a problem with the tooth, or the tissues around the tooth. Until we can check you, we generally recommend some warm salt water rinses and the adult dosage of ibuprofen or Tylenol. However, we advise against crushing certain types of medication and putting them in the tissues next to the tooth as it can cause large sores and increase the pain.

What is the longest lasting solution for tooth pain?

While antibiotics and medications provide a short-term solution, the long-term solution means solving the underlying problem that's causing the pain. This could involve a filling, a cleaning, or even tooth extraction in severe cases.

What are the most common causes of dental pain?

Common causes include severely inflamed tissues, root sensitivities, cavities needing filling, broken tooth structure, or trauma to the tooth structure.

What are some of the more common non-dental related issues that can cause sensitivity in the mouth?

Issues like sinus infections, neuralgias, ear infections, pregnancy hormones, uncontrolled diabetes, and even shingles can cause discomfort in the mouth.

What are some of the reasons why I might be experiencing a consistent dull ache?

The four most common reasons are a sinus infection, significant infection of the tissues around your tooth, a dying nerve inside the tooth causing an infection at the base of the tooth, or a basic cavity.

What should I do if I am experiencing unbearable dental pain?

Contact your dentist, start warm salt water rinses every hour, and start over-the-counter pain medications. If your dentist isn't responding, consider looking for a new one. If you can't get a hold of anyone, consider going to the emergency room.

Is it normal for patients to experience some level of tooth discomfort post-surgery?

Yes, it is normal for about the first five to seven days post-surgery due to the body's inflammatory process. We recommend taking an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen during this period.

What can I do if I'm experiencing discomfort near an implant, a bridge, a crown, etc.?

Have a professional take a look, as there could be multiple potential causes. Only a quality x-ray and a clinical diagnosis can determine the exact issue.

Can a dentist help me find a permanent solution to tooth pain?

Absolutely. Once the problem is identified, there are various solutions available. However, it's important to remember that if the source of the pain is not dentally related, the next step is to work with a physician to determine the non-dental or systemic issues causing the problem.

If you're experiencing tooth pain, it's best to consult with a dental professional. It's important to understand that once pain or discomfort starts in a tooth, it's only going to get worse with time. It's best to get ahead of the problem when the pain first starts rather than waiting until things are severe.

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