For many people, part of their lifetime dental health education includes simple remedies for toothaches. When home remedies don’t work, people may turn instead to over-the-counter medications and pain relievers, which are more successful at providing temporary relief. To cure a toothache, however, you may need more than just a remedy or pain reliever. Toothaches can be caused by a variety of reasons, and when one develops, the secret to curing it is to find what’s causing it and address the problem with personalized dental care.
More than What It Seems
While you may consider a toothache a dental condition, it’s actually a symptom, which makes toothache “cures” simply temporary solutions. Like other aches and pains, toothaches have causes, and they can range from minor to severe depending on each patient’s unique dental health. For instance, a tooth can become sensitive when its enamel grows weak from attacks by harmful oral bacteria. It can become more painful if the enamel becomes compromised and tooth decay develops, leading to a cavity.
A Variety of Treatment Options
The good news about a toothache is that it can usually be addressed fairly simply once your dentist diagnoses its cause. If your enamel is weak but hasn’t yet become compromised, then improved hygiene practices and more targeted preventive dental care may be able to help you relieve the pain as well as restore the enamel. If a cavity has already developed, then you might need a tooth-colored filling to restore it, or root canal treatment if the decay is severe.
Let Your Dentist Help You Find Relief
Relieving your toothache for good requires more than the right home remedy; it takes a careful examination and appropriate treatment from your dentist. To learn more, schedule an appointment with your dentist by calling Keelan Dental in Butler, PA, at (724) 285-4153. Our Smile Certified experts happily serve patients from Butler, Cranberry Township, Mars, Pittsburgh, Butler County, and all surrounding communities.