What can be done about a toothache?

When you experience a toothache, the first thing you want to do is find relief. There are many different treatments for toothaches, depending on the cause of the pain. Patients in the Aurora, Illinois area who are experiencing discomfort will want to speak to their dentist to find the cause and determine the best treatment options. Dr. Khaja Mohsinuddin and the team at Total Health Dental often find that the two most common reasons a toothache may develop are cavities or infection.

  • Cavities. If you have a cavity, your dentist will likely remove the area of decay and then place a dental filling. He uses composite resin fillings, which are tooth-colored and more aesthetic than alternative materials such as silver amalgam.
  • Infection. If you have an infection, you may need antibiotics to start. Antibiotics will kill the bacteria and bring the smile back to health. Treatment with medication may start alongside specific therapies, such as root canal therapy to save a tooth from requiring permanent extractions.

What are some at-home options?

Here are some other at-home treatments for toothaches that the dentist may recommend depending on the cause of the pain:

  • Saltwater rinse: Swish salt water around in your mouth for a few minutes to help reduce inflammation and pain.
  • Clove oil: Apply a few drops of clove oil to a cotton ball and place it on the affected area. That will help numb the pain.
  • Cold compress: Place a cold compress on the outside of your cheek to reduce inflammation.
  • Hot compress: Place a hot compress on the outside of your cheek to reduce pain.
  • Ginger tea: Boil some water and add fresh ginger or ginger powder. Allow it to steep for 5 minutes, strain, and drink it. It will help ease the pain of the toothache by reducing inflammation in your gums.

Learn more about the cause of your problem and find effective toothache relief at Total Health Dental

Dr. Khaja Mohsinuddin and his team work closely with patients to help restore the smile and address any complications. Call the office at (630) 822-9600 if you have a toothache and need to be evaluated. Our practice is open to new patients at 2460 South Eola Road.