Toothache is one of the most common reasons patients visit the dentist. But tooth pain can have a variety of different causes, which is why Salt Lake City dentist Dr. Keith Warr will conduct a thorough examination in order to determine the best treatment.
Dr. Warr is dedicated to your comfort and oral health. If you're experiencing tooth pain, please call Warr Dental at 801-355-5385 today to schedule an appointment at our office in Salt Lake City.
What Causes Tooth Pain?
Sometimes a tooth might hurt briefly before returning to normal. Other times, however, the pain could indicate an oral health problem that requires professional treatment.
Possible causes of tooth pain include:
- A fracture or break in the tooth
- Gum disease
- Infection or abscess
- Injury to the mouth
- Teeth grinding
The symptoms of TMJ disorder can also feel like tooth pain. However, this type of discomfort usually stems from misalignment of the bite, rather than illness or injury of the teeth. TMD pain is often accompanied by headaches and tension in the ears, sinuses, and other parts of the head and face.
When Should I See the Dentist?
Intense or chronic tooth pain should always be treated as a dental emergency. Visit Dr. Warr as soon as possible if:
- You've injured one or more teeth, your gums, or other parts of the mouth
- The pain lasts more than two days
- The gums around the tooth are swollen, discolored, or bleeds easily
- There is an unpleasant taste in your mouth
- You have a fever
When you visit our Salt Lake City office, Dr. Warr will assess the symptoms of your toothache and suggest suitable treatments for restoring your dental health.
Treatments for Tooth Pain
Prior to your appointment, you can use home remedies like warm salt water rinses, cold compresses, and over-the-counter pain relievers to alleviate toothache. After examining your tooth, Dr. Warr might recommend solutions such as:
- Cleaning and filling the tooth
- Extraction of the tooth, if necessary
- Root canal therapy
- Oral surgery to repair injured areas
- Removing old fillings and replacement with new restorations
Of course, the best treatment for avoiding cavities and many other forms of tooth pain is consistent preventative care. Good dental hygiene prevents buildup of plaque on teeth, keeps the gums healthy, and affords Dr. Warr the opportunity to regularly determine how well you're caring for your teeth and provide personal feedback on what you can do to improve.
If you believe your tooth pain constitutes a dental emergency, please call 801-355-5385 immediately. Warr Dental welcomes patients throughout the Salt Lake City area, including Draper, West Valley City and other communities in Utah.