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Most patients are unsure how to treat persistent tooth pain properly. Ignoring a toothache without seeking proper dental treatment could put you at risk of experiencing greater pain and needing costly dental work down the road. It’s important to treat a toothache properly, and our dental team is happy to talk to you about how to protect your oral health.

There are many underlying causes of toothaches. For example, there may be an object stuck between your teeth that is irritating your mouth, or you may have unaddressed injuries such as cracked teeth, or an issue with your oral health like cavities, gum disease, or an oral infection in the mouth. It’s crucial to know the reason behind your tooth pain in order to receive the appropriate treatment.

At the first sign of a toothache, we encourage you to call one of our dentists, Dr. Bruce Utterback and Pia Sweeney, as quickly as possible to ensure you can receive the appropriate dental treatment in a timely manner to restore your smile completely. During your visit to the dentist, they will be able to determine the best method of treatment for your tooth, which may involve antibiotics, draining infection from around the tooth, or even performing root canal therapy.

In the meantime, there are some steps you can take at home to reduce discomfort. One is to clean your teeth in case a stuck or wedged object between your teeth or tooth and gums is to blame for the pain. You can also apply a cool compress to the outer cheek at the site of the troubled tooth to minimize any pain until you are able to see the dentist.

If you still have questions about treating a toothache in Virginia Beach, Virginia, please contact Sweeney Utterback Dentistry at 757.222.3737 today to schedule an appointment.