What to do When Your Tooth Aches

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What do you do when your teeth start aching? If you have tooth hypersensitivity, your teeth may hurt whenever you eat or drink something hot or cold—so watch out for hot apple cider and those Thanksgiving mashed potatoes, not to mention the cold cranberry salad. But this pain usually fades fairly quickly, so you may lessen the pain if you use a desensitizing toothpaste and meticulously keep your teeth free from food particles by gentle daily brushing and flossing.

Similarly, you may experience sensitivity to hot or cold foods after you have your teeth worked on. This could arise because the pulp tissues inside your tooth may be inflamed. This should go away on its own after a week or two. You can use a mild pain reliever to help in the meantime.

If however you experience a constant, throbbing toothache something else may be going on. You could have a loose filling, or a tooth may have cracked. This will require a visit to the dentist to have the filling replaced, or an endodontist may need to perform a root canal to save the tooth if the pain is from pulp tissue damage.

A root canal may also be needed if you have an infected or abscessed tooth, or when decay is close to or entering the nerve. You may use an over-the counter pain reliever until you get in to see the dentist.

And finally, if you have a sinus infection your upper back teeth may hurt with a dull ache and pressure. The upper back teeth share the same nerves as your sinuses. You can visit a doctor who may prescribe an antibiotic or saltwater lavage to help clear the sinus cavities.

Don’t ignore ongoing tooth pain when it lingers, because simple measures can often help prevent drastic action if problems go unchecked. You can always call our dental office if you have any questions or concerns and we look forward to keeping your smile healthy and long-lasting! 713-481-5693.