Managing a Toothache

By Cary J. Limberakis, DMD
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental emergency   Toothache  

A dental visit should be an urgent priority at the first sign of a toothache. The earlier the cause of the pain is identified, the easier the toothachetreatment will likely be. Learn more about how to manage a toothache and when you should get help from a dentist at Limberakis Family Dentistry in Abington, PA.

Toothache Causes

The most common cause of a toothache is poor dental hygiene which eventually leads to tooth decay and infection. Tooth pain can also occur at the advanced stages of gum disease (periodontitis). Head injuries or dental trauma (common for sports players) can also cause toothaches and sensitivity. Sometimes, you may feel an aching sensation when your teeth are shifting, which is common when the wisdom teeth erupt. Having a foreign object lodged between the teeth or in the gums could also be the cause of pain.

Call Your Emergency Dentist

The most important step is to call your emergency dentist to ask for the soonest appointment available. Provide details about what you are experiencing so that a staff member can offer you detailed advice.

Keep Your Mouth Clean

If the cause of the issue is tooth decay, you want to take care to avoid getting the area dirty or coming in contact with food particles. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm salt water and brush gently.

Reduce Any Swelling

If the aching pain is accompanied by swelling, put an ice pack or cold compress on your cheek in the affected area.

Relief from Tooth Pain

It’s a good idea to know what you should do to manage a toothache while you’re waiting to see a dentist for care. Call (215) 886-8866 today to schedule a visit to Limberakis Family Dentistry in Abington, PA. Drs. Cary and Jonathan Limberakis, a father and son team, are committed to clinical excellence; providing patients with prompt and professional care.

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