I Have a Toothache

Toothache pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sharp, unbearable pain. There are several potential causes for a toothache though the most common cause is tooth decay that allows bacteria to penetrate the inner structure of the tooth and reach the nerve. To properly diagnose and treat your toothache, Dr. Lineberry would have to do a thorough exam and take x-rays of your mouth.


Common Causes

  • Tooth decay / cavity
  • Infection causing swelling (or may lead to an abscess in which the surrounding bone becomes infected)
  • Food stuck between teeth
  • Fracture or trauma to a tooth
  • Infected gums and gum disease
  • Damaged filling
  • Tooth grinding (bruxism)

A sinus or ear infection as well as TMJ/TMD pain may also cause discomfort in the facial muscles, resembling a toothache. This type of pain is often accompanied with a headache and can be diagnosed in our office.


How to Treat a Toothache

Make an appointment today for an examination to diagnose the cause of your toothache. If you are not able to get into our office right away, there are several options that may provide temporary relief until we are able to see you:

  • Floss and brush your teeth to dislodge any food particles that may be stuck between teeth
  • Take acetaminophen such as ibuprofen or advil
  • Try a warm salt rinse
  • Apply an over the counter antiseptic with benzocaine
  • Direct application of clove oil may also work similar to benzocaine
  • Keep your head elevated
  • Apply ice or a cold compress to the area


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