5 Ways to Get Rid of a Toothache

Even in a dental office, we find it odd that there is a National Toothache Day. We don’t plan to celebrate the painful condition itself on February 9. Instead, we’ll take a moment to feel good about all the ways our team can help you get rid of a toothache.

As dentists, relieving pain is important to us. It starts with seeing you as soon as possible. We always do our best to offer you a same-day appointment when you are hurting. Call us at 319-209-9295 to visit Oelwein Dental Associates or 563-677-6861 for our West Union, IA location. 

In the meantime, check out five ways we deal with common causes of toothache pain. Our dentists can:

  • Repair Cavities – Dental decay is a common cause of toothaches. Fortunately, it’s also an easy dental problem to solve. We’ll remove the decay and mend the cavity using either a filling or (for larger cavities) a crown. 
  • Fix Breaks or Cracks – Because a crown covers your entire tooth, it’s a good choice for repairing extensive damage. That includes breaks and cracks. It’s important to address them ASAP. If not repaired promptly, that kind of damage can allow bacteria to get inside a tooth. This can cause a painful infection. 
  • Eliminate Infection – If your tooth has become infected, your dentist can access the interior of your tooth and clean out the infected pulp during a root canal. This procedure has developed a scary reputation over the years. But in reality, most patients don’t find it any more uncomfortable than getting a filling. We’ll numb your mouth, and you can also receive sedation if you’d like. You can choose laughing gas or an oral sedative. 
  • Remove Problem Teeth – Though it might not be your first choice, your dentist can also extract a painful tooth or teeth. With our gentle touch, local anesthesia for numbing, and sedation, we’ll keep the process as comfortable as possible. We can even remove most wisdom teeth. 
  • Stop Teeth Grinding – Jaw pain can feel similar to a toothache. A common cause of this is teeth grinding. You may not even realize this habit is a problem, if you do it during sleep. Jaw pain is a common symptom of grinding, and your dentist can also look for signs of wear on your tooth enamel. We can provide you with a custom-made night guard that will relieve the painful pressure on your jaw and protect your teeth from damage.

Sure, you’re glad to know we can fix the problem causing the toothache. But you also want to know what you can do until you’re able to see us. This short video offers some great suggestions for stopping toothache pain. 

Two of the easiest and most effective methods of relief are applying cold compresses and taking over-the-counter pain medication. Almost everyone has ice and OTC meds on hand already – or can get them with little trouble. Ibuprofen is an especially good choice for the medication, as it is an anti-inflammatory. 

Need to get rid of a toothache? Call Oelwein Dental Associates at 319-209-9295 or West Union Dental Associates at 563-677-6861.