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Tooth pain can arise at the most unexpected times for several reasons. If you’ve had a toothache before, you know that pain relief will become a top priority, if it isn’t already. At the office of Richard L. Rodgers II, DDS, FAGD, your pain relief is our top priority as well. However, we don’t want to just treat the pain, we want to fix the problem.

 At your appointment with General Dentist Dr. Rodgers, he will examine your mouth and identify the underlying cause of your pain. Then he can talk with you to create an appropriate treatment plan, to stop the pain once and for all.

At our Atlanta, GA dental office, we provide emergency dental care for this type of scenario. If you or a loved one is suffering from a toothache, don’t hesitate to call our office today at 404.577.6620 to set up an appointment.

Do you really have a toothache?

Sometimes pain in the head and jaw stems from sinus pressure. Symptoms of a toothache vary from patient to patient, but here are some common signs:

  • Sharp, throbbing, or constant pain
  • Pain when pressure is applied
  • Swelling in the face or gums
  • Fever or headache
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Abnormally red gums
  • Drainage (pus) from the infected tooth

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is extremely important that you contact your dentist immediately. If left untreated, a toothache can lead to more acute pain and problems.

Common Causes

Tooth pain can be an indication of more serious dental issues, such as:

  • Tooth decay
  • Abscessed tooth
  • Tooth fracture
  • Damaged restoration
  • Infected gums

Home Toothache Remedies

When you begin to feel pain in your tooth, you should gently and meticulously clean around the tooth and rinse with warm saltwater. Use floss to remove any debris that may be stuck between your teeth. If this doesn’t relieve your pain, contact us to set up an appointment.

If you are unable to meet with the dentist immediately, here are some common household items that may work well as a homeopathic toothache remedy:

  1. Hydrogen peroxide rinse: Use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash by mixing it with equal parts of water. This will help kill bacteria, reduce plaque, and heal bleeding gums.
  2. Peppermint tea bags: A warm, used tea bag can be applied to the infected tooth to numb the pain and soothe sensitive gums. You can also place the tea bag in the freezer to use as a cold pack for your tooth.
  3. Garlic: Garlic has been used in medicinal treatments for thousands of years. It acts as a pain reliever and kills harmful bacteria in the mouth. You can use garlic in one of two ways:
    1. Create a paste by crushing a garlic clove and applying it to your tooth.
    1. Slowly chew a fresh clove of garlic.
  4. Vanilla extract: With its alcohol content and antioxidant properties, vanilla extract can numb the pain in a tooth and help stop the breakdown of cells and tissues that may be causing pain.
  5. Clove oil: A drop of clove oil on a painful tooth may relieve discomfort.

Contact Your Atlanta GA Dentist Today

Remember that these remedies only provide temporary relief, and they do nothing to treat the cause of a toothache. If your pain persists for more than a day, contact us online or call our Atlanta dentist office at 404.577.6620 to get the pain relief and appropriate care you need.

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