Tooth pain is considered amongst the most painful conditions people experience. Some women have said they would rather give birth than go through a toothache again!
What are the possible causes of mouth pain?
Our practice takes a very proactive approach to oral health to minimize the risk of dental pain. We will educate you and develop a treatment plan, so you never have to experience a toothache.
Unfortunately, despite best efforts, dental pain can occur. Our office policy is to ideally see an emergency patient the same day or within 24 hours of the initial phone call. We specifically reserve time in our day to accommodate dental emergencies. We keep expanded hours and Saturdays available to make routine dental care convenient for our patients.
In the rare event you are fitted into our schedule as an emergency, you may wait to be seen. We will immediately make you comfortable upon arrival by either giving topical or local anesthetic. We will do whatever procedure we can to get you comfortable so you can have a restful day or night.
Some things you can do to relieve pain at home are:
- 400 mg ibuprofen (two pills of Advil and Motrin) with 325mg acetaminophen (Tylenol) every four hours. Check with your physician and or pharmacist before taking these medications.
- Over-the-counter aids such as Orajel or Anbesol are forms of topical anesthetic that will provide short-term relief. These can be applied to the affected area. However, definitive dental care will be necessary.
- Hypersensitivity of teeth (cold or air sensitivity) can be temporarily relieved with sensitive toothpaste (containing potassium nitrate). Examples are Sensodyne, Colgate Sensitive, and Crest Sensitive.
The best treatment for toothache is prevention! See your favorite hygienist every six months for a thorough evaluation and prevention of dental problems.