What Should I Do When My Tooth Aches?


A woman smiling after receiving treatment for a tooth ache at Sunnyside Dentistry in Clackamas, ORPain tells you that something is wrong. While minor discomfort can be alleviated with over the counter pain relievers, more significant, or persistent, pain can indicate a bigger problem. If you are experiencing pain in your teeth, getting help right away is essential. At Sunnyside Dentistry, we can diagnose the cause of your toothache and provide you with the treatment you need to alleviate it.

What Causes a Toothache?


There are many different issues that can lead to a toothache. Causes include
•  Having food or other debris stuck between your teeth.
•  Cavities in your teeth.
•  Damaged teeth.
•  An infection inside of your tooth.
•  Gum disease.
•  Facial trauma.
•  Misaligned teeth.
•  Bruxism.
•  Sinus infections.

Clean Your Mouth and Look Inside


In some cases, you may develop a toothache because you have a piece of food or other debris that has become lodged between your teeth. When you notice tooth pain, the first thing you should do is to clean out your mouth and take a look inside. Carefully and thoroughly brush and floss your teeth. If you can, look inside your mouth. You can also ask someone else to help you. Check your teeth for signs of physical damage and decay. Look over your gums for signs of infections, such as redness, swelling, and tenderness. You should also check for other symptoms such as lingering pain or sensitivity, chronic bad breath, and a fever.

Schedule an Appointment


If nothing is dislodged when you brush your teeth, you notice signs of physical damage or an infection, or you suspect that there is something wrong, it is important that you schedule an appointment right away. An over the counter pain reliever can be taken to help alleviate discomfort until your appointment.

When you are in the office, we will go over your symptoms and perform a thorough examination of your mouth. We will look over your teeth and your gums as well as take X-rays. X-ray images will allow us to see hidden damage, such as root fractures, bone loss, impacted teeth, cysts, abscesses, and more. Once we can pinpoint the cause of your toothache, we will formulate an effective treatment plan that will eliminate your pain and restore your oral health.

How is a Toothache Treated?


Once we have determined the cause of your toothache, we can provide you with treatment. The exact treatment you receive will depend upon your specific situation. Treatments for toothaches include
•  Fillings. Both amalgam and composite fillings can treat cavities in your teeth.
•  Crowns. A crown is a cap-like restoration that is used to treat a more significantly damaged or decayed tooth. It protects the tooth from further damage and infection while restoring its strength so that it can continue to function normally.
•  A root canal. An infected tooth can be treated with a root canal, which involves removing the infected pulp and cleaning out the inside. The tooth is then provided with additional protection with a crown.
•  Tooth extraction and replacement. For severely damaged or decayed teeth, extractions may be required. Following an extraction, a replacement can be provided.
•  Orthodontics. If crooked teeth are the culprit, orthodontic treatment such as braces or clear aligners can help to straighten them.

When you develop a toothache, dental care is needed right away. We can diagnose the cause of your toothache, which helps us to provide you with the treatment you need to alleviate your pain. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call Sunnyside Dentistry at (503) 451-5104 today.

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PHONE
(503) 451-5104

EMAIL
office@hikadedental.com

LOCATION
14210 SE Sunnyside Rd Ste 200
Clackamas, OR 97015


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