Tooth Colored Fillings and Preventing Toothache
Is it normal to have a Toothache After a Filling Placement?
Once in a while, patients may have dental pain after the placement of a dental filling. There can be a few reasons for the dental pain. One of the most common is the patient’s bite being off. When you are numb, often you can not bite down correctly as you normally would, so only so much adjusting can take place at that point. It may also take a few days to get used to your new bite. If you feel like you cannot bite down quite right or having toothache days after the placement of new fillings, a simple bite adjustment may correct the dental pain you are having.
What can I do to ease a persistent toothache?
If you’re having continual discomfort from a toothache, here are some steps to resolve the problem:
- Brush and floss your teeth to remove food fragments on or in-between your teeth.
- Rinse with warm water.
- If your gums are swollen, put a cold compress on the outside of your mouth.
- Do take Ibuprofen or Tylenol every four hours to ease your toothache.
- It’s recommended not to place an aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth as it can burn and cause gum tissue damage.
- If a toothache perseveres, call to see our emergency dentist as soon as possible.
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How would I know if I have an abscessed tooth? Are there symptoms?
An abscessed tooth is an infection inside your tooth or gum that brings on a very painful, relentless toothache. The abscess is most often caused by a damaged tooth, an untreated cavity or gum disease. Bacteria moves into the tooth’s interior “pulp” to start the infection. The term “abscess” literally means a localized collection of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue. If left untreated the infection could spread and become severe enough to loose the tooth or initiate other health problems.
Typical symptoms of an abscessed tooth can be any of the listed:
- A severe headache with a moderate to high fever
- An intense toothache with throbbing pain, especially when chewing
- Experiencing a salty, bad taste in your mouth
- Gums that are red and swollen
- Your jaw and face swell up
- A little bump or gumboil on either side of your gums that resembles the size of a pimple
What is a root canal and how does it treat an abscessed tooth?
A “root canal” is the procedure used to treat and save an abscessed tooth. Previously, it was almost certain that abscessed tooth would need to be removed. Today, however, our root canal specialist can better evaluate if an infected tooth can be treated and saved.
If the diagnosis looks promising, our root canal specialist will first administer antibiotics to kill the bacteria that started the abscessed tooth. The source of the infection must be removed, so our root canal specialist will take care of the infected tooth or gum and drain the infectious pus. Our root canal specialist will then evaluate what damage has been done in tooth’s interior pulp. The pulp is the soft tissue that holds the blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue that extends from the tooth’s crown down to the root within the jaw bone.
However, if the initial exam reveals that the abscessed tooth is beyond repair, our root canal specialist will not be able to perform a root canal and will suggest removing (extracting) the tooth.
What’s a tooth extraction? Is that painful?
An “extraction” is the process of having a tooth removed. Our Lincoln, NE emergency dentist, may feel an extraction is necessary if repairing a damaged tooth just isn’t practical. The tooth may be malpositioned, infected with an advanced periodontal disease, or essentially has become nonfunctional.
The emergency dentist will numb the area around the infected tooth with a local anesthetic to avoid pain and discomfort. It’s normal to have a small amount of bleeding during and after the extraction. For the 24 hours after your extraction, you should drink from a straw and rinse gently so as not to disturb the clot. You can brush and floss all the other teeth except for near the extracted tooth socket. If you do experience any pain after the extraction, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag on the gums near the socket.
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