If experiencing a toothache, tooth nerve damage could be the culprit. Tooth nerve pain may be sudden and have the potential of causing disruptions to your everyday life. Dental trauma services can relieve pain and restore your teeth to full functionality, but in the meantime, there are ways to relieve some pain at home.
Columbia Smiles offers dental trauma services as well as general dentistry in our Howard County office. Reach out to Dr. Parisa Parizadeh and Dr. Michael Hsu at 410.690.4855 to schedule an appointment. Find relief from tooth nerve pain today.
Common Tooth Nerve Pain Symptoms
The nerves inside of and around the teeth are highly sensitive. Typically, these nerves are protected by the hard exterior of the teeth. However, they can become exposed by damage or decay, leading to painful, persistent pain. Toothaches caused by nerve pain will need professional attention. Your dentist will diagnose and treat the issue. Some of the causes of tooth nerve pain are obvious, such as a broken, cracked, or chipped tooth. In other instances, decay can cause pain to occur slowly. Some of the most common symptoms of tooth nerve pain include:
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Sensitivity to acidic foods or beverages
- A dull ache along the gum line
- Sharp pain in one tooth
Persistent toothaches can keep you from sleeping and from fulfilling responsibilities at home or at work. Left untreated, tooth nerve pain is likely to continue and become even worse. Eventually, to fully treat the issue, you may need a more invasive procedure, such as a root canal.
What to Do for Tooth Nerve Pain
If you’re experiencing severe pain or have damaged a tooth, reach out to your dentist right away. Some home remedies can provide relief, but they won’t treat the root cause of the pain, which could be related to an injury or wear on your teeth. Your dentist will be able to address the underlying causes of any pain through dental services. If you can’t get to a dentist or are waiting for an appointment, there are a few things you can do:
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever – Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and other pain relievers can ease the pain
- Use a cold compress – An ice pack or cold damp cloth can numb the area and can be especially helpful if you are experiencing swelling
- Swish salt water or peroxide – These rinses can relieve inflammation
- Use an over-the-counter anesthetic – Stop by the pharmacy for a gel that you can apply straight to the teeth, or use clove oil for an all-natural remedy
While some damage to the nerves of the teeth can be the result of an accident or injury, taking care of your teeth and gums through brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly can reduce your risk of toothaches relating to decay. In addition, wearing a mouthguard at night or while playing sports can help you avoid damage.
Contact Columbia Smiles for Tooth Nerve Pain Relief
Columbia Smiles is the premier provider of dental trauma services in the Howard County area. Our award-winning dental practice offers exceptional care and advanced treatments to help relieve pain
If tooth nerve pain has disrupted your life, reach out to our team today. Led by Dr. Parisa Parizadeh and Dr. Michael Hsu, our team can quickly and effectively diagnose any dental issues and help you feel your best.
Schedule an appointment today by calling Columbia Smiles at 410.690.4855 or by connecting with us online.