Painful Toothache?

How Emergency Dentistry Can Provide Relief for Lingering Discomfor

Toothaches are relatively common and can be due to anything, from something stuck between 
the teeth to infection. Pain occurs in or around a tooth and varies in severity depending on the cause. Minor toothaches are easy to treat at home and occur due to temporary gum irritation. A severe toothache can be due to an infection, cavity, or other oral condition. Here are ways emergency dentistry can provide relief for lingering discomfort.



If you experience an unbearable or severe toothache, you need professional treatment. If the pain includes chills and fever, you require emergency treatment. While it is not very common, an oral infection can spread to other body areas, including the bloodstream and brain. There are various types of toothaches, depending on the underlying cause. They can be due to an abscessed tooth, cavities, gum disease, a cracked tooth, or damaged dental restoration. Toothaches can be caused by teeth clenching or grinding (bruxism).

Symptoms of Toothaches

Symptoms of toothaches vary but often include:

tooth pain

A dull,
lingering ache

A jabbing,
sharp pain




Headaches, fever, or chills.

A bad taste
or bad breath

The duration of a toothache will depend on the cause. Temporary gum irritation can last a day or two, but the pain from an abscess or cavity lasts until you get treatment.

Painful Toothache When to Get Emergency Care

Mild or temporary toothaches can go away without treatment. However, in some cases, you may require immediate or emergency care. Do you have a toothache that lasts more than two days, jaw swelling, or pain when opening your mouth? If so, contact your dentist immediately.

You should visit the emergency room if you experience excessive bleeding or unbearable tooth pain. If you have a high fever, go to the ER. Emergency dental care can help to prevent complications or unnecessary tooth loss.

Dentistry Options for Toothaches

The dentist will examine your teeth and ask about symptoms before treatment. Dental X-rays can check for issues beneath the gums. The best treatment will depend on the severity of the pain. Options include:

Toothache pain relievers
and antibiotics

Dental filling
to treat cavities

Dental crowns for large cavities or fractures



Custom ceramic restoration (inlays or onlays)

Root canal


Home Remedies for‚Ä® Toothaches

Sometimes, a toothache can go away without treatment, but if you have a painful toothache, you should visit a dentist. There are several things you can do to relieve 
a toothache at home. A saltwater or hydrogen peroxide rinse can reduce inflammation and treat wounds, providing relief. Applying an ice pack to the area can reduce pain 
and inflammation by shrinking blood vessels. OTC painkillers can help to relieve toothache.

Maintaining good oral hygiene can help to reduce the risk of toothaches. Brushing and flossing using fluoride toothpaste and using an antibacterial mouthwash daily can prevent cavities and gum disease. It also helps to limit the intake of sugary foods and beverages. Regular visits to the dentist for cleaning and checkup can help to prevent toothaches.

For more on how emergency dentistry can provide relief for lingering discomfort, visit SandLake Dental at our office in Orlando, Florida.

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