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Severe Tooth Pain & Toothaches – Sunnyvale Emergency Dentist

Severe Tooth Pain & Toothaches – Sunnyvale Emergency Dentist

Dealing with severe tooth pain or a relentless toothache can be both distressing and debilitating. In such moments of dental crisis, it becomes imperative to seek prompt professional assistance. If you find yourself in the Sunnyvale area, our emergency dentist services are here to provide relief and comprehensive care for your dental emergencies.

Severe Tooth Pain & Toothaches

Any injury to the gums or teeth can be a very painful dental emergency. Both adult dental emergencies and children dental emergencies are common. In some cases, however, the cause of severe dental pain is not obvious. If the pain is unbearable, you should contact Sunnyvale emergency dentist Dr. Gupta for help. You can schedule a dental appointment or send us an online message.

What Causes Tooth Pain?

For example, pain that comes on suddenly may be caused by particles of food that got lodged in a cavity and have started to irritate the nerve inside the tooth. If you lose a filling or a crown, the nerve inside the tooth may be exposed, and you may feel severe pain when air or hot or cold substances touch the uncovered part of the tooth.

Pain that becomes more severe over a period of time is commonly caused by debris lodged under the gum. Popcorn is a common offender. Because the hard cellulose fibers of the popcorn kernel don’t break down, it can remain stuck between your gum and your tooth.

The longer a food particle stays trapped between the gum and tooth, the greater the chance the gum will become irritated and infected and the pain will get worse. If you develop an infection, called an abscess, it can become a serious health problem if left untreated.

Pain when you bite or chew, especially if it is accompanied by a foul odor and a bad taste, can be a sign of an abscess that needs immediate dental care.

How to Prevent Tooth Pain

First, call Sunnyvale Dental Care emergency clinic in Sunnyvale, CA, and make an appointment. In the meantime, here are a few steps you can take at home to try to relieve some of the pain:

Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Neurofen) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). However, be aware that you need to see Sunnyvale emergency dentist Dr. Gupta. If you mask the pain with a painkiller and ignore it, the infection can spread and could become life-threatening.

  • If the pain is caused by debris lodged in a cavity, washing the area with warm salt water every hour may relieve the problem.
  • Floss your teeth, and then run a toothpick around the gum line. This may remove debris that’s lodged under the gum.
  • If you’ve lost a filling or crown, dip a cotton swab in clove oil and apply it to the exposed part of the tooth. Clove oil, available in pharmacies and supermarkets, works well to relieve tooth pain. You also can use a topical anesthetic on the gums, such as Anbesol, also available in pharmacies and supermarkets.
  • If the area that hurts is swollen, putting an ice pack on your face over the area that hurts also may relieve the pain. Apply the ice for 10 to 20 minutes of every hour, as necessary.
  • If you will be travelling in an airplane, the change in pressure when the plane takes off or lands may make you feel more uncomfortable. You should get dental treatment before travelling by air.

How Dr. Gupta Will Treat Your Tooth Pain

Even when dental problems cause a lot of pain, the problems — and the treatments — often are relatively simple if you seek help right away.

  • If you have a cavity, Sunnyvale emergency dentist Dr. Gupta will clean out any debris, remove the decayed part of the tooth, and place a filling. Once the inner part of the tooth is protected, the pain will usually disappear immediately.
  • If your problem is related to debris under your gums, Sunnyvale emergency dentist Dr. Gupta will use special instruments to remove the debris. If you have an infection, you may be given a prescription for antibiotics and pain medicine. If an antibiotic is prescribed, you must take it as directed until you have finished all the medication.
  • An abscess in the tooth or gum may require more extensive treatment, such as drainage of the abscess, root canal treatment, or tooth extraction. This can be performed at Sunnyvale Dental Care practice.
Visit Sunnyvale Dental Care and Dr. Bhawna Gupta DDS for more tips on Severe Tooth Pain and Toothaches.
You can call us at 408-720-0900 or book an appointment online 24×7.
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First, try to stick the tooth back in place and hold it there while you rush to see the dentist. If that’s impossible, put the tooth in a container of milk (or water if milk is not available) and take it and the patient to the dentist immediately. Read more about Knocked out teeth.

To avoid further aggravating the damaged tooth, place a piece of soft wax into the area of the tooth that was chipped. You should eat only soft foods and try to avoid food and drink that are hot and cold to the touch.

If you find that your jaw hurts when it is moved or if you cannot close your mouth in a normal fashion, it is likely that you have fractured your jaw. Seek professional medical help at a hospital emergency room. The hospital will be able to treat your injury as well as advise you whether you need to make an appointment to see your dentist.

Biting or lacerating your tongue may cause inflammation and possible bleeding. Use ice or pressure to control the swelling or bleeding. Any swelling should subside within twenty-four hours. Contact your Dentist if the pain persists or the laceration is deep. Read more about bitten tongue or lip.

Slight bleeding after an extraction is normal. A clot will usually form within one hour. If bleeding continues, place a thick gauze pad over the extraction site. Apply pressure to the area to control the flow of blood. If bleeding still persists, you may try soaking a tea bag in water, placing it inside a thin gauze pad, and apply pressure for one hour. The tea leaves contain minerals which may aid in the clotting procedure.

Canker sores are those very small and painful sores which occur inside the mouth. They can be caused by stress, biting the inside of the mouth or by a reaction to certain foods. If you find that you have developed a canker sore on the inside of the mouth, apply an over-the-counter medicine like Orajel or Campho-Phenique. This will produce a bandage-like film over the sore. Read more about Dental Abscesses

An aching tooth is a very common dental emergency. A toothache is often a sign of infection in or around a tooth. Tylenol or aspirin can sometimes be effective in comforting pain. If there is a hole in the tooth, you may place Oil of Cloves on a small cotton pellet and place it in the site to relieve pain.

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