Toothache pain can be the result of tooth decay, gum disease, teeth grinding, tooth extraction, orthodontic treatments or root canal. However, the most common reason is tooth decay, followed by gum disease. While a visit to the dentist is recommended to find the cause of a toothache, temporary relief is available from analgesics such as ibuprofen.
Advil can help relieve tooth pain until you consult your dentist.
Symptoms of tooth pain:
- Tooth pain may be sharp or throbbing
- Swelling around the tooth
- Fever or headache
- Drainage from an infected tooth
In some people the pain is constant, while in others it is only felt when pressure is applied to the tooth. You may experience tooth pain when consuming hot or cold drinks, or maybe when eating sweet snacks. Your teeth can become sensitive when you bite or chew food. Tooth pain may even wake you up in the middle of the night. Ibuprofen can help relieve the tooth pain until you consult your dentist.
When Should I See a Dentist About a Toothache?
See your dentist as soon as possible about your toothache if:
- You have a toothache that lasts longer than 1 or 2 days
- Your toothache is severe
- You have a fever, earache, or pain upon opening your mouth wide
How to avoid tooth pain
- Keeping your teeth and gums healthy assists in the prevention of gum disease and tooth pain
- Brushing and flossing at least twice a day is recommended
- Using a good antibacterial mouthwash helps reduce plaque from forming on your teeth which can - lead to tooth decay and other tooth issues
- Visit your dentist for regular check-ups