Dental Pain

ExitCare ImageA tooth ache may be caused by cavities (tooth decay). Cavities expose the nerve of the tooth to air and hot or cold temperatures. It may come from an infection or abscess (also called a boil or furuncle) around your tooth. It is also often caused by dental caries (tooth decay). This causes the pain you are having.

DIAGNOSIS

Your caregiver can diagnose this problem by exam.

TREATMENT

  • If caused by an infection, it may be treated with medications which kill germs (antibiotics) and pain medications as prescribed by your caregiver. Take medications as directed.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver.

  • Whether the tooth ache today is caused by infection or dental disease, you should see your dentist as soon as possible for further care.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

The exam and treatment you received today has been provided on an emergency basis only. This is not a substitute for complete medical or dental care. If your problem worsens or new problems (symptoms) appear, and you are unable to meet with your dentist, call or return to this location.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have a fever.

  • You develop redness and swelling of your face, jaw, or neck.

  • You are unable to open your mouth.

  • You have severe pain uncontrolled by pain medicine.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.