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How to Deal with Tooth Pain

how to deal with tooth painTooth pain can range from mild sensitivity to severe throbbing that is strong enough to keep you awake at night. How you manage and eliminate your pain will depend on the cause of the pain. Our team can help you identify the underlying problem, recommend treatments, and resolve your discomfort.

• Sensitivity
If your sensitivity developed after dental treatment, it is likely to be a temporary problem caused by inflammation due to the treatment. This should disappear over the course of a few weeks. Sensitivity to hot or cold foods may be caused by gum recession, tooth decay, or worn enamel. Mention it at your next checkup so that we can ensure your teeth are healthy. A special toothpaste made for sensitive teeth may help keep you comfortable.

• Sharp Pain
This can occur as a result of damage to the tooth, a restoration, or the pulp inside a tooth. Some problems can be easily fixed with a filling, but if the damage extends deep inside the tooth, you may need a root canal treatment.

• Constant Pain
Swelling, constant pain, pressure, or throbbing pain may indicate infection. This will usually require endodontic treatment to remove the diseased tissues and protect the tooth from long-term damage.

If the pain comes and goes or feels dull and achy, you might be grinding your teeth at night. Grinding can also cause you to have a headache or pain in your face or jaw joint. We may recommend wearing a mouth guard and making some lifestyle changes to reduce the grinding behaviors. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment.

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