How to Deal with a Toothache
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It happens without warning. One minute you’re fast asleep, and the next thing you know, you’re sitting straight up, cradling the side of your head and praying for the throbbing pain to end. You have a toothache. What should you do now?
We recommend calling Hada Family Dental at the first sign of a toothache. We will get you in to see Dr. Richard Hada as soon as possible. The doctor realizes that a toothache can hit anyone at any time, and builds time into the daily schedule to accommodate patients with emergency dental problems.
If you experience a sudden toothache, or any other type of dental emergency, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office immediately at (949) 951-1067 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Hada.
What Causes Toothaches
Your toothache may result from one of several maladies. The good news is, Dr. Hada can treat most of them, providing much needed relief from the pain. Some possible toothache causes include:
- Tooth Decay – Dr. Hada can remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill the resulting cavity with a tooth-colored composite resin. This relieves the pain, while keeping your smile looking great.
- Infected Pulp – When allowed to continue untreated, decay can progress to the soft pulp in the center of the tooth. Once this happens, the dentist can no longer save the tooth. Dr. Hada can remove the infected pulp, along with the nerve endings, relieving your pain. He then completes this procedure, called a root canal, by filling the tooth with a rubber-like material and covering it with a crown.
- Gum Disease – Your pain may result from an infection of the gum tissue. Dr. Hada can perform a deep cleaning treatment, called scaling and root planning to remove plaque and prevent it from gathering around the roots of your teeth.
- Bruxism – Many people experience toothaches caused by bruxism, or teeth grinding. While he may not have the ability to provide immediate relief, Dr. Hada can recommend stress-reducing exercises to reduce your grinding and create a custom-fit mouth guard for you to wear at night. This night guard will prevent your teeth from making contact, preventing grinding and easing tooth pain.
Handling a Toothache at Home
Sometimes a toothache occurs outside of our business hours. While we will try to get you in to see Dr. Hada as soon as possible when we open, you will probably try many options for relieving the pain until then. A few of the most recommended home remedies include:
- Clove Oil – This oil has some numbing properties that may temporarily ease the pain from your toothache. Most people recommend putting a drop or two on a cotton ball and applying it to the tooth. Unfortunately, the numbing effect typically lasts just a few minutes, and if not applied properly, the oil can hurt your tongue, making your pain even worse.
- Tea Bags – Many recommend applying wet tea bags, especially peppermint tea, to the aching tooth. While safer than clove oil, tea bags only relieve the pain while applied, and your misery will return mere minutes after removing them.
- Salt Water Rinse – One of the most commonly recommended dental remedies, a salt water rinse helps to clean the area around the tooth and loosen any debris that may contribute to your pain. Swishing salt water around the area for about 30 seconds helps to clear out bacteria, but the pain relieving effects typically last only a short time.
- Hydrogen Peroxide Rinse – While slightly more effective than the salt water rinse, hydrogen peroxide can cause other problems. Swishing a solution of equal parts 3% hydrogen peroxide and water helps clean the area and actually attacks bacteria. The solution can burn your tongue, however, if not mixed right, and swallowing it can lead to stomach problems.
- Garlic – Some call this the most effective remedy for tooth pain. Garlic acts like an antibiotic, inhibiting bacteria in the area and providing temporary relief for some pain. You can mash up the garlic and add a little salt to apply to the tooth, or simply chew a clove or two. Unfortunately, the side effect of unpleasant breath may lead to you suffering by yourself.
Dr. Hada recommends using ice to numb your pain until we can fit you into the schedule. This provides only short term relief, like most other remedies, but it requires no special ingredients and you can use it safely.
Call Us Today
When you experience a toothache, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office right away at (949) 951-1067, so we can accommodate you in the schedule.
Keep track of where you feel the pain, when it started, and how often it hits you. These will all help the doctor diagnose the cause of your toothache and provide treatment to relieve the pain.