- Pain or discomfort in a tooth
- Not caused by an injury
- Main cause: tooth decay
- Food wedged between the teeth
- Injured tooth
Tooth Abscess and Severe Pain
- A tooth abscess can cause severe pain not controlled by normal pain medicines.
- Root canal therapy by an endodontist is needed to cure this problem.
- In the meantime, call your dentist’s office. If you can’t reach your dentist, call your doctor for advice. They can often bring the pain under control by calling in a prescription. Most often, this is for an antibiotic such as penicillin or amoxicillin.
Care Advice for Mild Toothaches
What You Should Know:
- Most toothaches don’t last too long. They are due to a sensitive tooth.
- If the pain becomes worse or doesn’t go away in 24 hours, call your dentist. The pain could be due to a small cavity.
- Here is some care advice that should help.
- Floss on either side of the painful tooth to remove any wedged food.
- To help with the pain, give acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen. Use as needed. See Dose Table.
- Put a cold pack or ice in a wet washcloth on the painful jaw. Do this for 20 minutes.
What to Expect:
- Most minor causes of toothache go away in less than a day.
Call Your Doctor If:
- Toothache lasts more than 24 hours The toothache gets worse