Toothaches: Causes and Care

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Toothaches aren’t just for kids–they can appear at any point in a person’s life. Inside your tooth’s root is a substance called pulp, which contains your nerve endings. A toothache is typically caused by damage to these nerve endings. A toothache can be a sign that you have a cavity, abscess, or other dental emergency. They can range from mildly uncomfortable to excruciatingly painful.

If you do feel pain, gently rinse your mouth out with lukewarm water–not cold or hot, if it can be avoided. Then, carefully use floss to remove any food particles stuck between your teeth. If the pain continues, call your dentist immediately. NEVER apply aspirin directly to the affected area, as this can burn your gum tissues. You may, however, take oral pain-relief medications according to proper medical instructions, from the package or from your doctor.

If you continue to feel pain in the tooth even after taking pain-relieving medications, you may have damaged the pulp. This may also be the case if pain continues more than 24 hours after a tooth has been knocked out or extracted.

Not all pulp damage is strictly linked to pain; it could be more visual in nature. If you notice an abscess around a tooth–a pus-filled blister or infection–your pulp may be damaged. Rashes on your face, high fevers, chills, and noticeable discharge are all common signs and symptoms of a toothache.   If you feel your pulp may be infected or damaged, speak with your dentist at Gentle Touch Dental as soon as possible. They will check for possible signs of a major dental emergency.

If you would like to schedule an exam in Conyers, Georgia, call Gentle Touch Dental at 770-760-7566. Dr. Dexter Inniss and our entire team look forward to making your smile shine!