Your teeth hurt. They may hurt when you drink something hot or cold, or maybe they just ache. Maybe you’ve been putting off the dentist for some time, but if your teeth hurt, now is the time to make that appointment. Whether it’s a toothache or whether it’s sensitivity to heat, cold, or sweets, you need to address the issue now.
What is Causing Your Toothache
There are many things that can cause your teeth to ache. Cavities, cracked teeth, gum disease, abscessed tooth, lost fillings, receding gums, temporal mandibular joint pain, impacted wisdom teeth, or even a sinus infection can cause you to experience pain in your teeth. Because there are a host of things that can cause your teeth to hurt, it’s important to visit the dentist right away to get it checked out.
In many cases an exposed root is causing you discomfort. Your teeth will continue to hurt as long as you don’t have the problem fixed and in fact, it will get worse. The good news is if you address it now, it won’t be as expensive as it will be down the road.
Is it an Emergency?
If your teeth hurt, you should probably request an emergency appointment. That way the dentist can see you as quickly as practical and diagnose and perhaps treat your pain. If your current dentist can’t see you immediately and you don’t mind going to another dentist, find one who can see you sooner. The sooner you get seen, the sooner you’ll have your pain relieved.
If you have a fever along with your toothache be sure to see a medical doctor. You most like have an infection and need antibiotics. Your medical doctor can assess the infection and get you started on antibiotics and pain relievers.
What You Can Do for the Pain
While you’re waiting to go to the dentist, there are some things you can do for the pain. You can use some over the counter toothache pain gel that will help dull the pain for a while. You can also take some over the counter analgesics/ pain relievers as long as your doctor or dentist did not prescribe other pain relievers. When in doubt, ask your dentist or doctor if you can take over the counter analgesics with the prescribed medications. Unless your teeth are cold sensitive, you can also apply an ice pack to the area where you’re feeling pain. If your teeth hurt when eating or drinking hot or cold food, you should avoid those foods until you see the dentist.
How You Can Avoid Toothaches
You can help avoid getting toothaches by brushing your teeth and flossing at least twice a day and seeing your dentist regularly for cleanings and a checkup. Often, your dentist will find and fix a problem before it becomes a major problem such as a cavity, abscessed tooth, or worse. Find a dentist near you and you’ll save money and pain in the long run.