A toothache can be a mild annoyance or a giant, throbbing pain, but one thing is certain, when there’s pain in your mouth, it’s important to seek dental help. In most cases, toothaches are caused by an infection or problem inside the mouth and they won’t simply go away on their own.

Dr. Dean Dietrich of Pleasant Dental® knows that a toothache can do more than just ruin your day. Left unattended, decay causing a toothache can grow further until a simple filling won’t be enough to fix the tooth, and instead, you’ll need a root canal. If gum disease is causing you pain, you could be facing invasive treatments such as scaling and root planing, or even surgery if you wait. That’s why Pleasant Dental® is committed to helping patients in Riverdale and the nearby area find relief as quickly as possible when they call for an emergency appointment.

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However, many patients want to know how to find relief before they get to the dentist. Here, Dr. Dean Dietrich offers several tips.

  • If your tooth is aching or throbbing, you may be able to lessen the pain with an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Ibuprofen. Use as directed, but remember this medication is only masking the pain, it’s not going to cure the cause of the pain.
  • If you’ve suffered trauma to the mouth and your tooth is loose, secure it with gauze or cotton until you can get into the dentist. Avoid eating anything sticky or chewy foods that might further loosen the tooth.
  • If the tooth is knocked out completely and you can find it, hold it loosely between the cheek and gums to keep it moist, or place it in a small amount of milk. You can rinse the mouth and treat any bleeding with salt water. Call the dentist for an immediate appointment or go to the emergency room.

Toothaches are no fun for anyone. However, they can often be treated easily and quickly if you see a dentist promptly. Dr. Dietrich is a skilled and trusted dentist who has treated countless patients in the Dolton region. He understands that a toothache can do more than just ruin your day; they can affect the future health of your mouth. For more information about the Pleasant Dental® practice, call our office today

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