Toothache Remedies from Dr. Hardesty in Parkersburg, WV

Immediate Relief Options for Toothaches

While the best course of action to take if you are experiencing a toothache is to see the dentist, that may not always be possible right away. Until then, there are a few home remedies you can try that can lessen or eliminate toothache pain. It is important to try and control or reduce swelling and inflammation, which can be done by taking an NSAID pain reliever, such as Advil. While this will not treat the underlying cause of your toothache, it can help control pain until you are able to see the dentist. Salt rinses can also be helpful, as well as keeping your head elevated and applying ice to the affected area.

Why Does My Tooth Hurt?

The pulp, or nerve, veins, and tissue that are inside the tooth, can become sensitive to different irritants, such as hot or cold drinks, and can become infected. Any prolonged tooth sensitivity or pain should be checked by a dentist as soon as possible, because this is usually an indicator of an underlying issue such as infection. In some cases, root canals, or even tooth removal might be necessary, which is why it is important to let your dentist know when you are experiencing a toothache. Here are some possible reasons why your tooth might be aching or causing you pain:

  • Sinus infections
  • Teeth grinding
  • Injuries to the tooth or jaw
  • Decay/infection
  • And more

When to Go to the Emergency Room for a Toothache

Sometimes, toothaches can be so severe that they cause fevers, swelling around the face, or even trouble breathing or swallowing. If this occurs, go to the emergency room immediately, as these are possible indicators of serious infection.