A toothache covers a wide range of medical symptoms and causes. It refers to any pain in the area of the teeth or jaw. The pain can be intermittent or constant, mild or severe. You may experience a feeling of tenderness or your mouth may be extra sensitive to hot and cold. Sometimes the exact physical origin of the pain seems complicated to identify. You may even feel pain in your ears or sinuses.
If the pain endures for more than 24 hours, please call W Dental Group and set up an appointment to meet with our dentists, Dr. Watkins and Dr. Peña, as soon as possible. We’ll help you find the best course of treatment. This will depend upon the cause of the pain.
Typical causes consist of tooth decay, a pulp infection, a microscopic crack in your tooth, gum disease or a TMJ disorder. Tooth decay will likely be treated with a dental filling and in extreme cases a crown. A pulp infection requires a root canal. A cracked tooth may need a crown or another form of dental repair. Gum disease and TMJ treatments are many and are more long-term.
While you are waiting for your appointment, try these home remedies for temporary relief:
– Take a dose of ibuprofen every four hours or as directed to reduce swelling
– Mix a teaspoon of salt in water and gargle every few hours
– Hold a cold gel pack to the side of your cheek. After 20 minutes, put it in the freezer for another 20 minutes, and then put it back on your cheek.
If you have a toothache, call us in San Antonio, TX, at 210-526-0925. We will offer the prompt and professional relief and treatment you need today!