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Treatments for Tooth Pain

Dr. Degel Dec 13, 2013

Tooth pain can range in causes and symptoms, but one fact always remains: it is not fun. It is important for Manhattan patients to understand the various available treatments for tooth pain; in some cases a home remedy can address the issue, in others, professional care is needed to address tooth pain.

Causes of Tooth Pain

Tooth pain can be the result of a variety of dental issues, ranging from tooth decay, an infection, or damaged dental work such as a cracked porcelain crown.

The symptoms of tooth pain are just as varied as their causes, ranging from pain to throbbing to swelling.

When in doubt as to the cause and severity of your pain, consult your cosmetic dentist to identify the issue and necessary treatment of your tooth pain.

Home Remedies for Tooth Pain

In some instances, tooth pain is relatively minor and short-lived. For example, certain people experience momentary pain or discomfort after consuming food or drinks that are too hot, cold, or acidic.

Others experience a dull throbbing sensation in the teeth and jaw as a result of teeth grinding or a direct impact to the mouth.

In these cases, as long as there is no sign of visible damage or infection, an over-the-counter pain reliever, cold compress, or a thorough sea salt mouth rinse can do the trick and help alleviate discomfort.

Professional Treatment for Tooth Pain

However, if you experience severe tooth pain that is persistent or is accompanied by a fever, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible, as you may be experiencing a dental emergency. In these instances, immediate professional attention is vital to helping preserve your teeth and overall health.

During your visit, your dentist will help determine the underlying cause of your tooth pain, and provide you with customized care unique to your particular situation beyond what can be achieved on your own at home.

Depending on the cause of your tooth pain, your dentist will decide on the best treatment for your particular situation. For example, you may require a filling, a root canal, or cosmetic dentistry repair.

Tips for Avoiding Tooth Pain

While the underlying causes of certain types of tooth pain demand immediate dental attention, other more minor causes of tooth pain can easily be avoided with a few simple tips.

The most important factor in keeping tooth pain at bay is to practice good and consistent oral hygiene. Properly maintaining your teeth includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and scheduling dentist visits twice a year.

Another way to avoid experiencing tooth pain is to not consume foods and beverages that are extreme in temperature or acidity. You can also use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that is specifically designed for sensitive teeth.

Learn More about Treatment for Tooth Pain

Tooth pain can be treated or avoided all together. To learn more about the severity, causes, and treatments available for tooth pain, consult the professionals of Cosmetic Dentistry New York today.

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