Posts for tag: toothache

By Carrie Polster, DMD
February 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: toothache  

Discover some of the common causes of dental pain and what you should do.tooth ache

A toothache can be downright annoying, and it can also put quite the damper on your day. If you have a persistent toothache, this could be a sign of a more serious underlying issue that our Midland Park, NJ, dentist, Dr. Carrie Polster, will need to address right away. Find out what can cause a toothache and what can be done to finally make that pain go away!

There are many reasons why you could be experiencing a toothache including:

  • Dental decay
  • An infection
  • Gum disease
  • Dental trauma
  • A bad bite
  • Teeth grinding
  • Erupting teeth (in young children)

In many cases, dental pain can be a serious warning sign that you are dealing with decay or gum disease. Pain is often a symptom of a much bigger issue. By turning to our Midland Park, NJ, general dentist for care, we can treat the underlying problem and eliminate your pain. If you leave your toothache untreated, this could lead to more severe decay or other health complications. To preserve as much of the tooth as possible, it’s important that you treat your toothache like a dental emergency.

You may also notice other symptoms along with your dental pain including:

  • Bad breath
  • Swelling or tenderness around the affected tooth
  • A pimple-like growth on the gums near the tooth (known as an abscess)
  • Fever
  • Problems swallowing

While you will want to make an appointment with us right away, we also understand that dealing with dental pain can be pretty miserable. Here are some things you can do to at least, temporarily, alleviate your discomfort until you can get the care you need:

  • Rinse your mouth out with warm water. Add about ½ tsp. of salt to 8 ounces of warm water and swish it around in your mouth for a minute before spitting it out. This can reduce swelling and ease your pain.
  • Take an OTC pain reliever or anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen
  • If there is any facial swelling apply a cold compress to your face
  • Consider applying a commercial numbing gel like Orajel® around the tooth to temporarily numb the pain.

Don’t let dental pain get the better of you! Find the relief you need by visiting our dental specialists. Call our Midland Park, NJ, dental office right away if you are dealing with a toothache. We will get you in as soon as possible.