Emergency Toothache Relief: What to Do When the Unexpected Happens

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Sometimes toothaches can develop quickly. Knowing what to do when a dental emergency arises can keep you calm and reduce your discomfort. At our Atlanta, GA practice, Dr. Richard L. Rodgers offers emergency toothache relief so you can eliminate pain and go back to normal life. Here, we’ll discuss what to do if a toothache develops and explore treatment options that can address the issue.

If you currently have dental pain, contact our Atlanta office immediately for emergency toothache relief. Call us now at 404-577-6620.

What should I do until I can make it to the dentist?

First things first – if you develop a toothache, call our office for further instructions. A team member can triage the situation and give you a time to arrive. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to alleviate the discomfort:

  • Take over-the-counter pain medication. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen can all help reduce dental discomfort and ease pain associated with a toothache. Follow the directions on the label and take as needed.
  • Use cold compresses. Ice packs or cold compresses can reduce any inflammation and soothe the sore area. Apply the compress to the external jaw for 20 minutes, then remove it for 20 minutes. Repeat this process as often as necessary.
  • Swish with warm saltwater. Add one-half teaspoon of salt to eight ounces of warm water. Gently rinse the mouth out several times a day. This can help soothe the soreness and keep the area clean.

Emergency Toothache Relief Treatments

Every patient – and every emergency – is unique. When it comes to emergency toothache relief, your treatment will depend on the specific situation and the severity of the condition.

Dental Filling

If a small cavity or fracture is the culprit, it can usually be repaired with a dental filling. At our Atlanta, GA practice, we place tooth-colored composite fillings. These restorations blend in with your smile for a natural, lifelike look. Generally, a dental filling can be placed in just one office visit.

Dental Crown

If the problem has affected more of the natural tooth structure, a dental filling may not be sufficient. Moderate to severe dental damage often requires a crown. This restoration covers the entire tooth structure, adding strength and reinforcement. A crown can also reduce pain, sensitivity, and other common symptoms.

Root Canal Therapy

Whenever bacteria reach the innermost chamber of a tooth (the pulp), root canal therapy is necessary. This condition can develop due to a large fracture or deep decay. To address the issue, Dr. Rodgers removes the nerves, blood vessels, and nerves from inside the tooth. The canals and pulp chamber are then filled with a unique dental material called gutta percha. The tooth is sealed to reduce the risk of further bacteria. Finally, the tooth is restored with a filling or crown. Due to the nature of the procedure, most patients feel instant toothache relief.


We prefer to save teeth whenever it’s possible. Unfortunately, some teeth cannot be saved. If the damage you’ve sustained is too severe, Dr. Rodgers may recommend removing the tooth. We use only gentle, modern techniques for optimal results.

Before extracting the tooth, we will talk with you about all replacement options. Dr. Rodgers may recommend a bridge or a dental implant.

How can I prevent toothaches?

Because most toothaches are the result of neglected oral hygiene, improving brushing and flossing techniques can help tremendously. Additionally, ask your dentist or hygienist about topical fluoride, dental sealants, or other preventative treatments. Preventing dental issues now can help save you time, money, and worry in the future.

Need emergency toothache relief? Call our office now.

If you’re in need of emergency toothache relief, call our Atlanta, GA office right away. We can help alleviate your pain and take proper steps to prevent it from happening again. Contact us online anytime or give us a call at 404-577-6620.

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