A toothache covers an extensive range of symptoms and causes. It’s a general term to refer to any ache in the area of the teeth or jaw. This can be intermittent or constant, mild or severe. You may also have a feeling of tenderness or your teeth and gums may be especially sensitive to hot and cold. Sometimes the precise physical origin of the pain seems complex; it may even be displaced to other parts of the face, like the ears or sinuses.
If the toothache carries on for more than 24 hours, the best thing to do is call Don Harvey Dental Comprehensive Dentistry and set up an appointment to meet with our dentist, Dr. Harvey as soon as possible. We’ll assist you in find the best course of treatment, which will be dependent upon the reason for the ache.
A lasting toothache is a symptom of a deeper problem. These may consist of tooth decay, a pulp infection, a crack in your tooth, gum disease or a TMJ disorder. If you have tooth decay, we will treat it with a dental filling. If the decay is extensive you may need a crown, or if it has infected your inner tooth tissues, you may need a root canal as well.
A cracked tooth can sometimes be microscopic and difficult to catch, but when we detect it we will treat it with a crown or another form of dental repair. Gum disease and TMJ treatments contain many varieties and options and will require more long-term attention.
Before your appointment, try these home remedies for transitory relief:
– Take a dose of ibuprofen every four hours or as directed on the package to decrease inflammation
– Mix a teaspoon of salt in water and swish it around your mouth
– Hold a cold gel pack to the side of your cheek for 20 minutes at a time.
If you have a toothache, call us in Alpharetta, GA, at 770-343-6565. We will offer the quick, expert relief and treatment you need for your smile today!