The cause can vary, but the most likely answer is tooth decay. Decay erodes the protective surface of the tooth creating a hole in the enamel. When that hole gets deep enough to expose the nerve center of the tooth, it sends out a warning in the form of pain.
Decay is the most likely cause but the not the only possible source of the pain. One possible source is the gum tissue surrounding the tooth, for example. Food and other debris lodged between the tooth and gum can cause irritation and bacteria growth.
There may also be an infection inside the tooth. As the bacteria fill the space, they put pressure on the nerves that lead to pain. Often pain from a specific tooth is a sign of a fracture or trauma.
It's also possible that your toothache isn't a toothache. Rather, your wisdom teeth could be erupting. They're the third and final molar in humans, and there are four of them.
Wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. They can come with complications, too, that can lead to gum infections and even crowding of the other teeth that irritate the tissue.
There are some things you can try at home while waiting to see one of the dentists at ReHoBoth Health Network and Family Dentistry.
Start by rinsing the mouth out with warm water and then brush and floss.
Over-the-counter pain relievers can offer temporary relief until the appointment if necessary. There are also topical antiseptics with benzocaine that are effective or take an oral pain reliever such as acetaminophen.
If there's swelling of the face or trauma to the mouth, apply a cold compress to the check to reduce it and make an emergency appointment for immediate care.
Even if these measures alleviate your pain, they're no replacement for a professional dental diagnosis and treatment. So, if you have a toothache, don't hesitate to book an appointment with ReHoBoth Health Network and Family Dentistry today!
Prospective patients with no insurance or individuals who will be paying out of pockets are encouraged to call our office at 210-998-3013. Our goal is to ensure we work with you to obtain appropriate affordable quality care.
For more information regarding insurance plans and application processes, our office offers a free service to educate you about various dental insurance plans, their application process, and logistics. We offer this service free for both Medicaid patients and private insurance patients. However, we do require you to call our office to schedule a free ten minutes consult for this.
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