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Philadelphia Dentist | Philadelphia dental care | PA | What should I do about a toothache?

Karandeep Brar, DMD

 Robert S. Gurmankin, DMD


(215) 624-4415

What should I do about a toothache?
AGD Member

Although there are many causes for "toothaches", the correct procedure is to call us.  If its after hours leave a message for the office to call when they get the message!  Until you hear back, the first thing to try is to take a pain killer such as Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) or Aspirin. Both of these medications are not only good at cutting down inflammation but also provide pain relief for mild and moderate pain. Both are excellent to be used as first line medications for tooth pain. Do not take a stronger narcotic medication without trying one of these two. The sole exception would be for someone who  has a bleeding  problem or an allergy that can be caused by either of these drugs. If you do have a problem with either of these non-steroidal analgesics, then acetaminophen (Tylenol) is often recommended as an alternative .

Do not place aspirin inside the mouth in an attempt to alleviate the pain. Some patients try and holding this against the tooth in an attempt to stop the pain, but aspirin can cause chemical burns of the gums. Rinsing frequently with warm saline solution can help in the event that a patient has a swelling in the gum.  It is not advisable to place a hot compress on the outside of the face, since this can draw an infection toward the skin of the face.

Sometimes patients experience toothaches immediately after eating. Usually these people have a tooth or teeth with deep caries and eating can cause the teeth to throb. For these patients I advise not letting food come in  contact with the painful tooth(teeth) since it can cause a worsening of the tooth ache. Often teeth with deep cavities and vital pulps will calm down on their own if left alone for a short period of time(an hour).

Philadelphia Dentist. Dr. Karandeep Brar provides Cosmetic Dentistry, Family Dentistry, Dental Implants, Dentures, Teeth Whitening, Dental Emergency, Dental Crowns to the following locations: Mayfair, Northeast Philadelphia, Holmesburg, Suburbs. Mayfair Dentist providing excellent dentistry including Cosmetic Dentistry, Family Dentistry, Dental Implants, Dentures, Teeth Whitening, Dental Emergency, Dental Crowns in Philadelphia, Mayfair, Northeast Philadelphia, Holmesburg, Suburbs, Pennsylvania. Updated in 2014.


Updated in 2018.