Toothache Specialist

Paulette Arana, DDS

General Dentist located in Upper Kirby, Houston, TX

Have you been experiencing a toothache lately? Even if your teeth are healthy, you’re still susceptible to both occasional and frequent toothaches. The dental practice Paulette Arana, DDS is committed to helping men and women living in or around Upper Kirby, Houston treat and prevent toothaches. Contact Dr. Paulette Arana today to learn more about your treatment options.

Toothache Q & A

What causes a toothache?

Your teeth have an intricate web of living tissue with arteries, veins, and nerves. They’re responsible for your sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures and pressure. Unfortunately, this tissue can get infected. Your teeth respond to a bacterial infection with inflammation, causing a toothache along the way.

Some of the leading causes of a toothache include:

  • Abscessed tooth
  • Fracture
  • Damaged filling
  • Chewing gum
  • Grinding teeth
  • Tooth decay
  • Infected gums

What symptoms accompany a toothache?

A toothache can resemble other medical conditions, and like any medical condition, it can bring other symptoms. Contact Dr. Arana immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever or headache
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Swelling around the tooth area
  • Painful biting
  • A foul-tasting discharge from the infected tooth
  • Continuous sharp pain

When should you see a dentist for a toothache?

You should get in touch with Dr. Arana if:

  • You experience sharp pain for longer than two days
  • Symptoms aren’t getting better
  • You have a fever or an earache
  • You’re in pain when you open your mouth wide

How do you treat a toothache?

Dr. Arana is committed to providing same-day relief for people in pain from a toothache. Since the causes can be multifold, she might recommend any of the following treatment options:

Root canal

If the toothache stems from an infection of the tooth’s nerve, the best course is to immediately book an appointment for a root canal treatment to limit pain and extract the damaged nerve.   

Filling

Cavities can lead to a toothache. Dr. Arana can quickly identify which tooth has a cavity and insert a filling to stop the pain from spreading.

Antibiotics

Dr. Arana might prescribe antibiotics if you have a fever or a swollen jaw because of your toothache.

Dr. Arana can also recommend some at-home remedies to alleviate the pain and some of the symptoms, such as:

  • Tylenol or Advil
  • Relief gel applied directly to the affected area
  • Salt and hot water mouthwash
  • Hydrogen peroxide

How do you prevent a toothache?

Toothaches can be prevented by following a healthy oral hygiene regimen. This includes:

  • Brushing regularly with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Flossing at least once a day
  • Antiseptic mouthwash
  • Regular appointments with Dr. Arana

Toothaches can be extremely debilitating. Don’t wait for the symptoms to get worse. Contact Paulette Arana, DDS via phone or online to book an appointment.