Have you been suffering constant mild to severe tooth pain? If so, you could be experiencing a textbook toothache. At Preston Commons Dental Care, we care about our patients and don’t want them to deal with oral pain, so we offer quick toothache relief at our Dallas, Texas, office.
Signs and Symptoms of a Toothache
Not all oral pain is considered a toothache, so it is essential to pay attention to your symptoms so you can relay them to your dentist. Toothache pain is generally inside of the tooth or around the tooth. The most common signs and symptoms of a toothache will include:
- Redness, swelling, and slight bleeding of gums could indicate an abscess or cavity
- Dull or sharp pains felt inside the tooth
- Pain or a dull ache when chewing or clenching teeth together
- Chipped or broken tooth
- Jaw pain
Paying close attention to your teeth and what symptoms you have will assist our team in knowing how best to serve you.
Only a dental professional such as Dr. Justin Moseley can adequately diagnose and treat a toothache.
Relieving Pain While Waiting to See Dr. Moseley
Unless you are experiencing a dental emergency that requires immediate attention, such as a broken or knocked-out tooth, there is a possibility that you might be waiting a day or two to see the dentist. While waiting for your appointment, there are some things we can suggest you do to relieve your pain temporarily.
- Create a warm salt water rinse using a cup of warm water and a teaspoon of salt. This rinse can help numb the teeth and gums temporarily.
- If there is swelling of any kind, place an ice pack on the cheek near the infected area.
- Take appropriate dosages of over-the-counter medications to relieve pain and swelling.
If pain and swelling become too severe, please get in touch with our office immediately and inform us of your situation.
What is causing my toothache?
Patients can experience minor and short-lived toothaches. These can come from certain things, such as eating hot or cold foods. Although your teeth might ache, you do not need to see a dentist. Below we have listed just a few reasons why your tooth might constantly be aching:
- A minor or severe cavity has infected the tooth
- The periodontal disease infects the gum tissues causing them to swell and become sensitive
- Broken or chipped tooth
- Loose adult tooth
- Abscessed tooth
- Loose or broken filling
Why should I see a dentist?
Many people wait until they have tooth pain to go and see the dentist. At Preston Commons Dental Care, we encourage all in the Dallas area to have their routine dental cleanings and exams to help prevent toothaches from occuring.
If you have a toothache and need assistance seeing a dentist is the best and only thing you can do. Please schedule an appointment to see us as early as possible for patients with minor toothaches or areas that you are concerned about. The sooner we can remove and correct the problem, the less likely it will spread into the tooth further.
In-office Toothache Relief
We offer multiple tooth restoration options to patients who need their natural tooth corrected after an infection or decay. Each case is different depending on the severity of the issue causing the toothache. We offer:
- Fillings: the entire cavity is removed, the tooth is cleaned, and then filled with tooth-colored composite resin.
- Tooth Extractions: in the worst-case scenarios where the tooth is too far infected to repair, we offer extractions. For patients in this situation, full tooth replacement options are available.
- Gum Treatment: for the early stages of periodontal disease, we can correct the issue with a deep cleaning of the teeth and under the gumline.
Please don’t hesitate to call our office to either schedule an appointment for a diagnosis or receive additional tips on temporarily relieving pain. Dr. Moseley and our team are dedicated to helping you and your family’s teeth stay healthy.