A toothache refers to any pain surrounding or in your teeth and jaw. The pain may come and go or be a constant ache. It might be mild or severe. You may notice that your teeth are extra sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks. You may have a feeling of tenderness in the infected tooth.
It can occasionally be tricky to settle on the precise tooth that is causing the pain, and sometimes you may not think it’s a toothache at all. Your pain may seem to be centered in your ears or sinuses instead.
If you have had this pain for more than 24 hours, please contact Madden Dental and set up an appointment to meet with our dentist, Dr. Karisha Madden. We’ll help you determine the best course of treatment.
The type of treatment that is best will depend upon the reason for the pain. You may have tooth decay and need a dental filling or crown. If the innermost tissues inside your teeth are infected, you’ll need a root canal. You may have a microscopic crack in your tooth that will need repairs, or to be treated for gum disease or a TMJ disorder.
While you are waiting for your appointment, there are things you can do at home for pain relief. Take ibuprofen to reduce swelling, and try gargling salt water occasionally or holding a cold compress to the side of your teeth for 20 minutes at a time.
If you have a toothache, call us in Bellaire, Texas at (713) 667-8080. We will offer the professional relief and treatment that you need as soon as possible.