A toothache can strike on any day, at any time of day, and sometimes it’s surprisingly convenient. Other times, you wonder how you could possibly have developed discomfort at such an inopportune moment. Whatever the particulars of the experience, one thing is always true: It feels quite terrible and you really want a solution as quickly as possible. Since this type of situation can cause confusion, uncertain feelings about what to do next, and more, our Ankeny, IA team would like to help you quickly arrive at relief.
Step 1: Address The Pain
Whatever the details of your toothache, it’s not something that you’re enjoying dealing with and any amount of relief is always appreciated by patients. So, here’s what you need to do for the first step in toothache relief:
- Go ahead and take something! When you use an over-the-counter analgesic, you take the edge off of the pain, so you can relax, make it through your day, and look forward to seeing our team.
- Remember that natural solutions, such as placing a cold pack against your face near the area that is affected can also work wonders either on its own or in addition to taking medication.
Step 2: Call Our Practice
No matter what your toothache is like, you should schedule a dental checkup with us. Of course, you may think to yourself, “But it’s such a mild discomfort that I feel like maybe I should wait.” Or, you may feel uneasy because it hurts so much. No matter what, we need to see you, so we can identify the problem. Otherwise, from mild to severe, the issue causing your aching is going to worsen, the pain will likely worsen, and you’ll still require help!
Step 3: Learn More During A Visit
We cannot tell you what’s going on over the phone because we have to find out through examining your smile. During your checkup with us, we will seek out all possible causes of your toothache. Remember that this includes a visual exam with our eyes alone, as well as advanced imaging, so we know what’s really happening behind the scenes!
Step 4: Follow Through With Suggested Smile Care
You might need restorative care to fix the problem affecting your tooth and causing your toothache. This is often the outcome because pain comes from irritated or exposed nerves as a result of issues like tooth decay, a crack or other damage, infection, and more.
Schedule A Visit For Your Toothache
Don’t wait around, try to be your own detective (or dentist), or even try to treat your own smile when a toothache affects your oral health. Instead, take the easiest and most effective route of calling our team! Visit us for a dental checkup in Ankeny, IA by contacting Dental Impressions to schedule a visit at (515) 965-0230.