FAQs About Toothache

A toothache can be quite frustrating, especially if it persists. While some go away on their own, for severe and persistent ones, you should see a dentist. Here are a few frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding toothaches:

How long does a toothache last?

It can happen due to several reasons, including non-dental causes. As mentioned earlier, some are short-lived and go away without treatment as the underlying cause may have resolved on its own.

At times, you may try home remedies only to find temporary relief. The toothache will come back because only a health professional can determine the underlying reason and provide the appropriate treatment. Therefore, how long does a toothache lasts depends on what type it is and how quickly you receive treatment.

How to treat a toothache?

Several home remedies can help provide relief from tooth pain in case you cannot visit your dentist on short notice. Also, you can take over-the-counter pain medication such as aspirin and ibuprofen.

However, it is highly recommended that you get your dentist on call to take advice on how to treat a toothache temporarily until your appointment. The best method is to visit your dentist as soon as possible. For severe toothache, you can also seek emergency dental treatment. The earlier the cause of the tooth pain is determined, the quicker you can find relief.

What are some of the toothache causes?

Common causes include:

  • Dental decay
  • A bacterial infection inside the tooth
  • A damaged dental filling
  • Fractured or broken tooth
  • Infection in the gums
  • Tooth eruption (for example, that of a wisdom tooth)
  • Repetitive actions such as teeth grinding and clenching or chewing gum, as these can wear down the teeth

Only a dentist can determine what is the cause of your tooth pain. Depending on the particular cause, the dentist will proceed with the right treatment.

Can rinsing the mouth with hydrogen peroxide help with tooth pain?

Hydrogen peroxide can help heal bacterial germs while also alleviating some of the discomforts you may be feeling. Swish a mouthful of hydrogen peroxide solution around in your mouth and then spit it out. Of course, you can only swish the hydrogen peroxide in your mouth. Never swallow it. If you are not sure if you should use it or how to use it, get in touch with your dentist to learn more.

Should I get emergency dental treatment for a toothache or wait for getting an appointment with my regular dentist?

At times, you cannot get an immediate appointment with your dentist and have to wait. If the tooth pain is tolerable and is not interrupting your daily routine, then it is okay to wait.

You can also get your dentist on call and ask what to do for managing the pain until the appointment. If the pain gets worse and intolerable, then you can visit your local emergency dentist.

Randall Dentistry offers toothache treatment in Dallas as well as emergency dental treatment. Call or visit us to learn more or book your appointment.

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