Don’t Ignore Tooth Pain

July 31, 2013

As a Carrollton area dentist, one of the most important things I can tell my patients is to come and visit us as soon as they experience a pain in their tooth. Many times, patients will ignore this pain in the hopes that it will just go away. If it’s been a day or two and you’re still experiencing pain, it’s time to give us a call.

People put off calling us for several reasons. Many times, this may also be from a fear of dental treatments. In most cases, the discomfort that brings you to our office is worse than what you will experience during your treatment.

Generally, pain is a sign that there’s something wrong with your tooth. This is the tooth’s way of alerting you to a problem and should not be ignored. This could be a cavity that can be fixed with a filling, or may be something more serious like a root canal infection that can be treated with root canal therapy.

While the best way to treat the pain is to visit our office, we have some tips you can use to temporarily relieve the pain until you can come to the office. You can take pain relievers such as aspirin or acetaminophen to treat your pain. Another good option is a pain relief gel such as Anbesol or Orajel that you can get from the drugstore and apply directly to the affected tooth. Clove oil can also be applied to your tooth to help relieve the pain as well. Put a few drops on a cotton ball and rub it on your tooth. You can also numb the affected area with ice to provide temporary relief.

We’re here to help keep your smile healthy and are here to help in any way we can. Unfortunately, we can’t help you if you don’t call us when you’re having dental problems. The sooner you call us, the better the chances we can address your smile issue before it escalates to a large dental health concern.

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