Posts for: March, 2016

By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S.
March 29, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  

Tooth pain is nothing to ignore. Find out what you can do to eliminate your discomfort.

Are you currently experiencing tooth pain and not sure why? There are so many reasons why you could be suffering from pain, which is tooth painwhy it’s always important to see your Flint dentist Dr. Frank Gordon, Jr. immediately. Tooth pain is considered a dental emergency so act now!

Why does my tooth hurt?

There are many causes for dental pain so without your general dentist in Flint examining your smile it’s going to be hard to tell. Of course, pain occurs when the inside of the tooth (known as the dental pulp) is inflamed. Since the pulp contains nerve endings it’s particularly sensitive to pain. Cavities, an infection or trauma are the most common causes of tooth pain.

What are the signs of a toothache?

This might seem like a rather silly question since pain seems like the most obvious symptom but it’s more complicated than that and pain can manifest itself in so many different ways. Some people may only notice tooth pain when chewing while others may have persistent pain that just won’t quit.

The pain may be throbbing, aching, sharp or stabbing. You may also notice swelling around the tooth or even in your face. The tooth may also be sensitive to both cold and hot temperatures. If you are experiencing any of these problems then it’s time you saw us right away!

How can I ease my pain?

If you are looking for temporary pain relief until you get to our dental office in Flint, here are some of the best options:

  • Try an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen, which can temporarily relieve both pain and swelling. If your child is the one dealing with tooth pain it’s best to opt for acetaminophen and avoid aspirin.
  • If you notice that your pain happens when you bite down then avoid eating anything before you visit us. While OTC pain relievers aren’t a cure-all they can provide some reprieve from the discomfort.
  • You can also try a simple numbing gel like Orajel™, which you can get from your local drugstore or grocery store. This can help to numb the skin around the tooth to lessen the pain. When taking any medications always remember to read and follow the instructions.

At the first sign of a tooth problem it’s best to play it safe and call the Flint dental expert at Franklin L. Gordon Jr., DDS, MS. Call us right now and enjoy the comfort of having a pain-free smile.