Whenever you experience sudden tooth sensitivity or tooth pain is a good time to check in with your dentist. Tooth pain can be caused by anything including something as simple sensitivity to hot and cold because of exposed dentin, or a cracked or chipped tooth. If the pain is unbearable you may have an infected tooth.
The first thing we recommend is to let your dentist know and make an appointment. You don’t want to ignore oral health issues any more than you would if you were experiencing body pain. The problem with avoiding coming in is that whatever is causing you pain can grow worse and require more invasive treatment if it goes on too long. Our goal is to help you be prepared for your visit, so before you come in, take a moment to put together a list of medicines you are taking, including all vitamins and supplements. Also list any allergic reactions you have had to medications in the past. Along with this list, please write down any questions you might want to ask our dentist during your appointment.
Questions for the Dentist:
Cavity – if I have a cavity, can it be filled with a dental filling or will it require a crown or root canal?
Treatment – how many visits can I expect to make for the treatment?
Prevention – what can I do on my end to prevent cavities from cropping up?
Fluoride – do I need more fluoride, and does our tap water have fluoride added to it?
Pain – when will the pain start going away, and what can I take for it?
If your pain needs managing before we see you, ask us while you are setting your appointment for our dentist’s recommendations for over-the-counter pain or anesthetic medications to help you. While you are waiting to come in for your appointment please keep your mouth clean to reduce harmful bacteria levels. You may want to use warm water when rinsing, and brushing, as hot or cold water can irritate sensitive teeth. There are also toothpastes made to help with tooth sensitivity. Avoid hot and cold food and drinks until we see you, along with overly sweet foods that might trigger tooth pain.
The best time to see your dentist is for periodic checkups and cleanings so we can spot tooth problems early, but if you suddenly experience tooth pain which persists it is important to have it checked. To schedule a visit with Dr. Lois Lee, please call our Professional Dental Care team in Shoreline, Washington at 206-546-8377 today to get back on track with your wellness!