Tooth pain relief becomes a high priority when you have a severe toothache.
There is nothing quite so painful as a throbbing tooth and nothing quite as worrisome as the fear of unknown dental treatment.
Of course, the best way to find the cause and cure for this type of pain is to see a dentist.
But if it's the middle of the night or a holiday or there is some reason you can't find a dentist...
I can help you narrow the possibilities, possibly ease the pain with one of these simple tooth ache remedies and calm your anxiety until you can find a permanent remedy for your problem.
The nerve inside your tooth gets irritated it hurts! This condition aka pulpitis is the most common cause of severe tooth pain. It can be reversible or irreversible, meaning your nerve can recover on it's own or not. More about when to see your dentist for tooth nerve pain here.
Pulpitis can cause sensitivity to cold, hot, pressure and pain that comes on for no reason or wakes you up at night.
When the nerve has irreversible pulpitis a root canal is often needed. Root canals are not fun but compared to the constant throbbing of a toothache, no big deal and the result is welcome relief.
Pulpitis occurs because of trauma to the tooth nerve.
Getting hit in the mouth, having a cavity too close to the nerve, even having a large filling or crown placed can traumatize the nerve and cause pulpitis.
Pulpitis can occur years after the tooth was traumatized.
This condition can progress and become a tooth abscess.
A cracked tooth can also cause tooth nerve pain.
If you have pain when you bite down on something or sensitivity to cold temperatures, you could have what dentists call cracked tooth syndrome.
Most often a cracked tooth needs a dental crown (cap).
Broken teeth are not always painful but most often do need to be repaired. More about treatment options for broken teeth here.
Sinuses can make your teeth hurt. Because upper teeth are very close to the sinuses when they are inflamed or swollen they can put pressure on the teeth and make them hurt.
Sinus infection tooth pain can be mild or severe and does not require dental treatment but may need medical attention. Inflamed sinuses can actually push your upper teeth our of position and cause your bite to be uneven.
The extra force against your teeth can make either upper or lower teeth hurt. A lot!
A quick dental visit is a good idea to rule out dental problems and be sure your sinuses are to blame.
Click here for more about this condition.
Mild tooth pain after a filling is not unusual. Some new fillings take awhile to feel normal. Larger fillings are more likely to be sensitive than small ones. A new filling may need a slight adjustment or just need time to recover.
Some teeth that are extremely sensitive after a filling require root canals and some don't.
If your pain is improving it may just need more time; if it is not improving or getting worse, you should see your dentist. Read more about sensitive fillings here.
Inflamed or infected gums can cause tooth pain. You can cure some gum irritations with thorough brushing, flossing and rinsing with Listerine. Other gum problems need attention from a dentist or hygienist before you get complete pain relief.
Click here for more about gum disease symptoms.
This type of pain can occur while wisdom teeth are erupting or after they are removed.
Dental dry socket is a rare but painful condition that occurs after some wisdom teeth are removed. A panoramic X- Ray is helpful for evaluating wisdom teeth.
More about wisdom teeth here.
Once exposed, root surfaces can be very sensitive to cold, hot or touch.
Small cavities don't usually hurt but if not treated they get bigger... and when they get close to the nerve it hurts.
Pain or discomfort after a tooth extraction is normal but should be manageable and should gradually improve.
There are several reasons for tenderness after a tooth is removed.
Dry socket occurs in a small percentage of teeth extractions. Here are signs of a dry socket.
Some teeth are extra sensitive but don't need dental treatment. Once you have ruled out a dental problem, learn how to improve sensitive teeth here.
Most often one or more dental x-ray will be needed to identify the problem. Your dentist can learn a lot about your dental health from x-rays.
Recent media reports have raise concerns regarding the safety of dental radiographs.
Weighing the risk vs benefit is important. Many overreact and are unnecessarily fearful of having routine x-rays taken. Find a dentist who will keep your safety at a high priority while not compromising your dental health.
For tooth pain relief of mild to moderate tooth pain over the counter medicines such as NSAID can be taken.
For tooth abscess pain relief an antibiotic may be recomended by your dentist.
Antibiotics usually take a few days to work and don't provide instant tooth pain relief.
Tooth pain medications are helpful but shouldn't be used in place of recommended dental treatment.