What Causes of tooth pain?
Toothache can often be identified as a sign of tooth damage or decay. Tooth decay can cause mild to severe pain not only to the tooth itself but the gum and surrounding areas. This may result in either swelling, fever or throbbing, varying upon the severity of infection to both the tooth and gum.
Unless determined by a professional dentist, it’s difficult to determine the underlying causes of tooth pain. Potential possibilities include:
- Tooth Decay
- A Bacterial Infection (Abscess)
- Tooth Fracture or Broken Tooth
- Gum Disease or Gum Related Issues
- Broken Filling
- Molar Teeth
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
Outside of tooth decay and gum disease, a common cause for tooth pain in young adults is caused from the movement of Wisdom Teeth. Wisdom teeth are third molars at the back of the mouth that often begin to emerge in our later teens. They are often the last adult teeth to grow. Impacted wisdom teeth can often result in pain or swelling as they begin to move and compact neighbouring teeth. As a result, wisdom teeth are popularly recommended to be removed by dentists. Although for some patients, they may not experience any pain or discomfort with either upper or lower wisdom teeth erupting.
In minor cases, tooth pain may be caused from a temporary irritation of the gum. Tooth ache that persists well over 2 days are advised to arrange an appointment with your nearest dentist immediately. Neglecting examinations from a dentists can become more costly in the future.
If you’re unable to arrange a dental appointment, below are some suggestions for temporary pain relief at home. Results vary between individuals and should be noted that suggestions provided below are only a temporary solution. Constant tooth pain should be examined and treated by a qualified professional dentist only.
As the below are temporary home remedies only, it is up to the individuals responsibility to perform their own due diligence and research prior to administering any forms of DIY treatments without proper supervision.
Rinse with Warm Salt Water
Saltwater helps to loosen any stagnant debris throughout your mouth and particularly between your teeth. Salt water rinsing can be used as a natural disinfectant and helps to reduce inflammation.
Salt water rinsing is also used as a natural remedy for relieving a sore throat.
Administer by dissolving 1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. Swish and rinse throughout the mouth for about 30 seconds before spitting. Gargling can help relieve pain located at the rear of the mouth.
If you’re experiencing swelling and pain, try holding a cold pack or ice in a cloth to the painful area for several minute intervals. Ice helps to reduce swelling caused by injury or swollen gums.
Applying Ice to a swollen area, numbs the pain and constricts the blood vessels. As a result, this assists in slowing down the blood flow around the affected area.
Peppermint tea bags
Peppermint can help to soothe and numb the pain of either your teeth or gums.
It is also recommended by natural health practitioners to help with digestion.
Simply soak a peppermint tea bag in hot water for a couple of minutes. Remove the tea bag and let it rest until slightly warm. Apply the warm tea bag to the affected area immediately for relief.
Garlic has been used in traditional medicine for hundreds of years for its potent medicinal compounds. These include anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties that cause infection. As a result it is often used to kill bad bacteria while also helping to reduce pain.
For toothpain, finely crush garlic to create a paste. Then apply to the affected area. Another option is to chew the garlic clove in the area of pain.
As a result of containing antiseptic and analgesic properties, vanilla extract may help temporarily soothe tooth ache. Vanilla extract is known to also contain a minimum of 35 percent alcohol. Vanilla extract contains alcohol because it is made by combining pure vanilla beans with a mixture of alcohol.
To administer Vanilla Extra for tooth pain take either a cotton ball, cotton bud or finger tip and apply vanilla extract. Then simply place it on the area of the mouth causing pain. Massaging the extract with the finger along the gum line may also relieve some pressure.
This natural home remedy for tooth ache should not be used for children due to the alcohol contents of the vanilla extract.
Hydrogen peroxide rinse
Primarily used as a cleansing aid, hydrogen peroxide at low concentration levels can also be used for temporary relief for tooth pain. Although unlike other natural remedies using hydrogen peroxide is to be used with caution.
It is safe to use sparingly in low dosage. Otherwise, the concentration might be too strong to be used on a regular basis. It is vital to avoid any accidental digestion and people should never gargle with it. Particularly with higher mixture levels of hydrogen peroxide.
The reason why it has been used as a home remedy is due to peroxide being antimicrobial component. This can help kill bacteria causing infection and reduce inflammation.
To administer hydrogen peroxide rinse; mix three parts hydrogen peroxide with warm water and rinse your mouth with it (1:1 ratio of 3% peroxide). Rinse mouth and spit out. Making sure not to digest any of the mixture.
Prior to performing a hydrogen peroxide rinse it is essential to dilute it with enough water so that it does not burn your mouth.
Clove oil or crushed cloves have been used as a natural remedy for tooth pain in Chinese and Indian medicine for centuries. Traditional methods have included inserting the clove into the infected cavity.
Clove oil contains active ingredients that include eugenol, a natural anesthetic. Eugenol helps numb and reduce inflammation. In the 18th century eugenol and magnesium oxide were uniquely combined to create a tooth filling material. Later zinc oxide replaced magnesium oxide to create zinc oxide eugenol. A material substance that is still used throughout the world as a temporary filling cement.
To use this method, simply dab a small amount of clove oil onto a cotton ball, cotton bud, or gauze and apply to the effected area. You may also use clove oil as a mouthwash by diluting a small amount into a glass of water to rinse.
Pain killers or Anti inflammatory’s are a simple quick way to alleviate mild toothaches. Please ensure to stay within the recommended medical dosage guidelines regarding medication. Please consult your local pharmacist regarding advice.
Why do some toothaches hurt more at night?
Patients may experience more severe toothache’s during night. This is often attributed to sleeping positions. Depending on the sleeping position, blood may flow more towards a particular area. As a result this can sometimes create additional pressure towards sensitive areas. During the day, we may not experience this pressure from blood flow as we’re often sitting or standing.
Another contributing factor is if you eat sugary foods or drinks in the evening. As plaque thrives on sugar, if we forget to properly floss, brush and rinse our mouths, bacteria can aggravate the underlying causes of our toothpain.
Make sure to see a Dentist
If a tooth ache continues to cause pain over several days, it is recommended to visit your closest dentist as soon as possible. A dentist can thoroughly examine the health of your teeth. X-Rays also allow dentists to visually access any underlying issues in your gum or between teeth.
Identifying and fixing the issue sooner than later can help save your natural tooth from further damage. It may also prevent any unnecessary costs or tooth loss if the issues are neglected. Severe gum disease can effect your overall health well-being.
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What dental treatments are provided for tooth pain?
Proper in-chair examination and diagnosis by a qualified dentist will provide an appropriate recommendation for treatment. Diagnosis over the phone or email is quite difficult since a dentist is unable to visually analyze the tooth and surrounding areas that may be causing the pain. If a dentists does not have access to your dental records, an X-Ray is important to allow correct examination of the root of the tooth underneath the gums.
Dental treatment for a toothache will vary upon diagnosing the cause
- Dental Filling: If there is a cavity in the tooth a dentist may be able to fill the cavity with resin to avoid any further decay.
- Tooth Extraction: If the cavity or decay is quite extensive, removing the tooth can sometimes be a cost effective and quick solution. It is important to discuss this with your dentist beforehand. Removing a tooth can cause alignment and functional issues in the future due to bone loss.
- Root Canal Therapy: This method of treatment might be recommended for cases where bacteria and infection has reached the nerve of the tooth. Root Canal Therapy also helps to save your natural tooth from potential removal.
- Wisdom Tooth Removal: For patients that are experiencing pain at the back of the mouth, this might be caused from wisdom teeth (third molars) that are moving into place as we age from teens to adulthood. Pain can often be attributed to swelling in the gum, jaw or ear area depending on how the molar teeth are erupting.
- Night Guard for Bruxism, otherwise known as teeth grinding: A night guide may be recommended for patients that grind their teeth at night (unknowingly during sleep) or throughout the day. Bruxism can cause the teeth to eventually wear down, which exposes the sensitive layers of teeth.
For more information and pricing please contact one of our dental clinics by phone nearest you. Our clinics have multiple rooms, therefore we may be able to accommodate you for a same day dental emergency appointment. Prices vary depending upon recommended treatment. On the spot claiming is provided with HICAPS. Preferred Providers differ between our clinics, please ask our team how your cover might be used for your tooth pain treatment.