A toothache can be frightening. The discomfort may come on unexpectedly on the weekend or after business hours. It may be severe, or you may only suffer from mild discomfort. Fortunately, if you experience a toothache in the San Diego area, Dr. George Georgaklis is here to help. He offers treatment for the various causes of toothaches, and our team can guide you in reducing discomfort before you come into the office. Like many patients, you may be relieved to find that your toothache is not the result of decay but of a less serious concern. If you or your child is experiencing a toothache in La Jolla, do not hesitate to call. We will see you as soon as possible to provide the lasting relief you deserve.

What Causes a Toothache?

There are many things that may cause a toothache. Like most people, if you experience a twinge of pain, you may automatically assume you have a cavity. Decay is certainly one cause of toothaches, but it is not the only one. You may have suffered gum recession, which has exposed your nerve. You may also have an infected dental root or something stuck between your teeth. However, the most common cause of a toothache among our San Diego patients is bruxism. Chronic teeth grinding and jaw clinching puts a lot of pressure on your teeth, and this can lead to dental sensitivity.

When to Call Your Dentist

If you are suffering from a toothache, call your La Jolla dentist immediately. Although bruxism is the most common reason for discomfort, we will need to make sure you do not have a cavity or some other dental damage. If decay goes untreated, it can spread to your roots, gums, and nearby teeth. Therefore, you should seek treatment as soon as possible. Additionally, even if your toothache is the result of a less serious problem, we can often provide immediate pain relief.

Caring for a Toothache in San Diego

There are a number of toothache treatments, and the one you receive will depend on the cause of your pain. Options may include root canal therapy, ozone therapy, filling, crowns, and gum grafting. If your toothache is the result of bruxism, Dr. Georgaklis may provide a custom mouth guard. He can also help you to minimize your discomfort immediately. Although we provide emergency care, it may take some time to find lasting relief. Proper at-home treatment, as recommended by your dentist, can help you to go about your daily routine in the interim. Some effective home remedies may include:

  • Taking over-the-counter pain medication
  • Applying over-the-counter antiseptic gel in moderation
  • Applying clove oil to the sensitive tooth and surrounding gum tissue
  • Carefully flossing around the tooth to dislodge anything that may be trapped in the area
  • Administering cold compresses
  • Rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater
  • Using anti-sensitivity toothpaste
  • Avoiding very hot and/or very cold foods
  • Temporarily applying a missing crown with drugstore adhesive

Again, none of these remedies are permanent solutions, but they may provide temporary relief from pain.

Toothache Treatment in La Jolla

If you are experiencing a toothache in the San Diego area, contact us today for the urgent care you need. George Georgaklis, DDS provides compassionate and effective care. He will carefully determine the right solution for your discomfort.