What to Do When Your Tooth Hurts

18 Jun 2015

What to Do When Your Tooth Hurts

If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity or tooth pain, don’t be tempted to ignore it. The first thing you should do if the pain persists is to let your dentist know and make an appointment. The problem with avoiding coming in is that the problem can grow worse, and require more invasive treatment. To prepare for your visit, put together a list of medicines you are taking, including vitamins and supplements. Also include allergies to medications that you might have, and take a moment to be prepared with the questions you want to ask your dentist. This list might include:

Cavity – If I have a cavity, can it be filled with a dental restoration or will it require a crown or root canal treatment?

Pain – when will it go away and what can I take for the pain?

Treatment – how many visits will I need to make to treat this tooth?

Prevention – what can I do on my end to prevent cavities from cropping up?

Fluoride – do I need more fluoride, and does our tap water have fluoride added to it?

These are good questions to ask your dentist during your visit to help you get to the bottom of whatever is ailing your teeth. If you need pain relief before your appointment, you can ask our dentist to recommend an over-the-counter pain medicine, or an over-the-counter anesthetic to soothe pain. Be sure to keep your mouth clean to reduce bacteria and plaque build-up, and when you brush your teeth use warm water, not hot or cold to avoid extremes. You can also use a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth. To keep from causing you pain when you eat and drink, avoid hot or cold foods and drinks and overly sweet foods and beverages.

When your teeth hurt, make your oral health a priority and come in to see our dentist as soon as possible. To schedule a visit with Dr. Vadim Vasserman, please call our Pelham Dental Group team in the Bronx, New York at 877-410-6945 today, and let us help get you smiling again!

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