Toothaches: The Problem with Pain

Tooth pain results from varying conditions. But whatever the source, recipients count it among the worst types of torture known to man. In this blog post, we examine underlying conditions which can lead to dental pain and discuss homeopathic, as well as medicinal, approaches which nip toothaches in the bud. 

Whether sharp or dull, constant or intermittent, toothaches sideline people in a way unlike many other types of discomfort. Pain is the primary method the brain uses to signal that something requires attention. Like someone screaming into a bullhorn, nerves demand that something be done. 

What Causes Dental Pain

  • Periodontal Disease (Infection)
    Oral Infections lead to red, swollen, bleeding gums. Inflamed tissue delivers a dull, aching pain. If your tooth becomes infected or abscessed, you will likely require professional intervention to address the problem. Your dentist can alleviate the discomfort. Options include filling a cavity or performing a root canal, if the nerve under the tooth is compromised. 
  • Misalignment
    A misaligned or impacted tooth can put pressure on adjacent teeth leading to a dull, aching, throbbing pain. Like too many people trying to pile into a crowded elevator, the mouth can accommodate only so many teeth. When the number of teeth challenge available space, pain can ensue. 
  • Bruxism
    People who grind their teeth tend to wear down dental surfaces. What’s more, they clinch their jaws, which leads to radiating muscular pain. If your teeth hurt even though they are not infected, you may be bruxing them. Common symptoms of bruxism include morning headaches, jaw pain, facial pain, chipped or broken teeth, worn fillings, audible grinding at night. 
  • Tooth Whitening
    Dental bleaching solution tends to increase tooth sensitivity. If you whiten your teeth at home or in the office, you may experience this type of tenderness immediately following treatment. Bleaching products contain hydrogen peroxide. This soaks into tooth enamel, exposing the nerves and dentin beneath. 

How to Treat a Toothache

While you wait to get into the dentist, you can try one of several homeopathic remedies to alleviate dental pain:

  • Heat or Ice
    You may experience relief by applying either a moist heating pad or ice pack to the painful area. The benefit of these methods is that they are readily available, imminently affordable, and easy to administer. The drawback is that relief is temporary.  
  • Warm Saltwater Rinse
    Sometimes, people find relief by gargling with salt water. It is not only a natural disinfectant, but it can also help loosen food particles and debris which may be stuck in between teeth. Salt water can also help reduce inflammation and heal superficial oral wounds. To use this approach, mix 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) of salt into a glass of warm water and use it as a mouthwash.
  • Peppermint Tea Bags
    Some people swear by the use of peppermint tea bags to alleviate dental pain. Allow a used tea bag to cool to the point of warm. Then, apply it directly to the area. Peppermint has a natural numbing property which may provide temporary relief. 
  • Vanilla  
    Although the cost of vanilla has risen significantly, you may want to try to apply extract directly to the tooth in question. Vanilla extract contains alcohol, which naturally numbs pain. It is also an antioxidant, with properties that make it an effective natural remedy.  
  • Garlic
    Although you may want to avoid crowds if you employ this method, garlic has been used for thousands of years. People prize it for its medicinal properties. Crush a garlic clove to create a paste and apply it to the affected area. You may wish to add a tiny bit of salt. Alternatively, you can slowly chew a clove of fresh garlic. Either way, if you opt for this method, avoid crowds. 
  • Call the Dentist!
    Dental pain is persistent. So, even if you adopt temporary methods to deaden the pain, you will eventually need to seek dental attention. Consider Tom Hanks’ character in Castaway. Without access to dental care, his pain left him with no choice but to extract an abscessed tooth with an ice-skating blade. Call Dr. Fred Wong today to schedule an appointment. (626) 852-6999.

About Dr. Fred Wong of Blue Ocean Dentistry in Glendora, California

Dr. Fred Wong and the staff at Blue Ocean Dentistry use the latest available dental treatments, equipment, and materials – all of which make a marked difference in our patients’ experiences. We are committed to helping our patients achieve optimal dental health. We creatively combine dental science and artistry — which can literally redesign your smile. Since even a subtle change in your smile will help you to project self-confidence and high self-esteem, we love helping you feel good about yourself. We deliver the finest dental care at the most reasonable cost and accept most dental insurance plans as well as CareCredit. For more about the dental treatment plans we offer or to schedule an appointment, call today (626) 852-6999. 

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