Tooth Pain: When to Call a Dentist

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Tooth Pain When to Call a Dentist Calgary Dentist Dental Emergency

Tooth pain can be a real drag, especially when it worsens or won’t go away. We urge you to reach out to our Calgary dentist before your pain keeps you awake at night, as it may be an indicator of an underlying issue.

Contact our office today to book an appointment with Dr. Arash Ravanbakhsh. Get the care you need right away so you can start feeling better.

What Causes Tooth Pain?

Having pain in or surrounding your teeth can be caused by a variety of different factors. Some causes can be handled at home, while more serious issues need to be addressed by a dentist right away because they will not improve on their own.

If you have extreme pain, you may have something called a tooth abscess which is an infection of the pulp of your tooth. Complications with a tooth abscess can be life-threatening. Do not delay seeking treatment.

Other possible reasons for your tooth pain may include gingivitis, damage to a filling, tooth fracture, erupting wisdom tooth, or cavities.

We urge you to contact our Calgary dentist’s office right away to book your appointment.

Common Symptoms

The following symptoms are commonly associated with tooth pain.

  • Swelling and redness around your tooth
  • A foul taste draining from your tooth
  • Pain that is constant, sharp, or throbbing
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Bad breath

We urge you to schedule an appointment if you are having trouble managing your symptoms, especially if they are coupled with difficulty swallowing or breathing.

How to Treat Tooth Pain at Home

While waiting for your dentist’s appointment, you may be looking for pain relief methods to use at home.

One of the most tried and true techniques that every school nurse uses for sore throats is warm saltwater. Saltwater can reduce inflammation and disinfect the area. All you need is a small about of salt (about ½ of a teaspoon) in a glass of warm water.

Another homemade mouth rinse people have used for pain relief is diluted hydrogen peroxide. Be sure not to swallow this solution if you try it.

Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen can also be used to help manage tooth pain at home.

Natural remedies to deal with tooth pain include crushing up a clove of garlic to apply to the affected tooth as it is believed garlic kills harmful bacteria and can relieve pain. Clove oil on a cotton ball or vanilla extract (due to its alcohol content) is also thought to relieve oral pain. You can also try drinking peppermint tea to cool and soothe the area.

Should I Call My Dentist?

Any time you are unsure about where your tooth pain is coming from, you should reach out to a dentist to get treatment. You should treat this as an urgent matter if your pain is accompanied by trouble swallowing or breathing.

It is better to be overly cautious about a possible dental issue, as an unresolved tooth abscess can cause life-threatening complications.

Our Calgary dentist takes emergency appointments as well as regularly scheduled appointments to help patients manage and treat their painful teeth.

Contact Our Calgary Dentist Today

Tooth pain can be all-consuming, and we want to be able to help you find relief right away. Contact our office immediately to book an appointment with Dr. Arash Ravanbakhsh to get your treatment plan.

If you are dealing with severe tooth pain, the first call you make should be to your dentist. Our Calgary dentist provides care for emergency dental issues. Do not wait to reach out for an appointment if you believe you have a dental emergency.