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Even when you practice proper oral hygiene and visit the dentist often, dental emergencies may arise. It is important that you know what to do to care for your tooth to ease pain and swelling. With any dental emergency, go to the dentist as soon as possible. Ignoring a dental issue can increase the risk of irreversible damage to the tooth.

As the name suggests, a toothache is pain in or surrounding a tooth. It can be caused by:

– A damaged dental filling
– Teeth grinding or clenching
– Infected gums
– Tooth decay
– An abscess
– A fractured tooth

If you develop a toothache or tooth sensitivity, there are many things you can do to ease your discomfort. The first thing you should do is rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water. Next, remove any food that is lodged between your teeth with dental floss. If you experience swelling, place a cold compress on the outside of your mouth or cheek. Take a painkiller if needed. However, you should never place a painkiller against your gums, as it can burn your gums.

Visit Dr. Ronald Fuhrmann as soon as possible if your toothache that lasts longer than one or two days. A toothache also needs immediate attention if it is severe or if you have a fever, an earache, or discomfort when you open your mouth wide.

Contact our dental office today to learn more about how to treat a toothache in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and to schedule an appointment.