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Toothaches – Lakewood, CO

How to Cope with Tooth Pain

Woman with hand on face suffering toothache in Lakewood There are few things as annoying as a toothache. The pain can distract you from work, make it impossible for you to enjoy your favorite foods, and cause you to worry that there might be a serious problem with your oral health. Our team is ready to help you find fast relief! Dr. Vinnie’s compassionate touch and expert treatment will get your smile back to feeling its best in no time. On this page, you will learn more about toothaches, what they might mean, and how you can cope with them.

Types of Toothaches

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A toothache is not an oral health problem. Rather, it is a symptom of an oral health problem. Different types of pain typically point to different types of issues. For example:

  • Severe, throbbing pain usually indicates an infection in the pulp of a tooth. This is considered an urgent situation and requires prompt treatment from your emergency dentist in Lakewood.
  • A dull, persistent ache may mean that you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), or that something is stuck in your gums or between your teeth.
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures could be due to worn enamel, a traumatic tooth injury, bruxism, or other factors.
  • Sharp, intermittent pain might indicate that a crown or filling has fallen off your tooth, leaving it vulnerable to outside stimuli. It could also mean that a new spot of decay has developed.

Home Care for Toothaches

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The first step you should take to deal with your toothache is give us a call and schedule an emergency appointment with Dr. Vinnie. Before you get to our office, however, you may be able to do some things at home to mitigate your pain:

  • Avoid chewing with the tooth to the extent possible
  • Take an over the counter pain reliever
  • Do not consume anything that is extremely hot or cold
  • Apply clove oil to the tooth and gums that hurt
  • Floss around the tooth to see if you can dislodge anything that is stuck near it
  • Swish with a warm saltwater solution

How Your Dentist Can Help

Happy dental patient after emergency treatment for toothache

When you arrive for your emergency appointment, Dr. Vinnie will carefully examine your teeth and possibly take some X-rays to determine the cause of your pain. Then, he will talk to you about your treatment possibilities. You might simply need a filling or crown to protect a damaged tooth. In some cases, root canal therapy is the best course of action because it can provide fast pain relief and may save the tooth from extraction. However, in some cases, extraction is the best way to end tooth pain. If Dr. Vinnie recommends that you get a tooth removed, he will also discuss your options for replacing the tooth.

Don’t let your toothache hijack your life! Contact our team to request an appointment so we can provide you with fast, efficient, and effective emergency dental care.