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Does your tooth hurt? Your Lancaster, CA, dentists, Dr. Vladimir Dontsov and Dr. Anuj Patel of Dentist 4 Uninsured, will find out what's causing your toothache and offer a treatment that will relieve your pain.
Easing toothache pain
While you wait for your appointment at the Lancaster, CA, dental office, you can do a few things that may help reduce your pain, including:
- Rinsing Your Mouth: A salt water rinse may reduce both inflammation and pain. Add one teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water. Swish the water around in your mouth, then spit it out. Repeat throughout the day as needed.
- Icing Your Jaw: Using an ice pack on your jaw numbs the pain temporarily and also reduces swelling and inflammation. Remove the ice pack after 20 minutes and wait 20 minutes or longer before reapplying it.
- Using Numbing Gel: Numbing gel isn't just helpful for teething babies. Applying the gel to the gum around your tooth blocks pain signals from your nerves.
- Taking Over-the-Counter Pain Medication: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, like ibuprofen and naproxen sodium, also relieve pain and swelling.
How your dentist treats toothaches
The treatment for a toothache varies depending on the cause. If dental X-rays reveal that you have a cavity, your dentist will remove the decayed portion of your tooth and replace it with a filling. If your cavity is large, you may also need a dental crown to protect and strengthen your tooth. Crowns are hollow restorations that slip over the tops of teeth.
A crack in your tooth could be the cause of your toothache. In addition to causing pain, cracks can weaken teeth and make them more likely to break. Adding a crown to a cracked tooth ends your pain and prevents fractures. If your dentist determines that your toothache is caused by a loose filling, they"ll remove the old filling and give you a new one.
Your tooth may also hurt if you have a dental abscess, a bacterial infection that affects the soft pulp at the center of your tooth. Root canal therapy, antibiotics, and a crown are used to treat abscessed teeth.
Do you have a toothache? Call your dentists in Lancaster, CA, Dr. Dontsov, and Dr. Patel of Dentist 4 Uninsured, at (661) 726-1010 to schedule your appointment.