5 Ways to Treat Severe Tooth Pain at Home

5 Ways to Treat Severe Tooth Pain at Home

If you suffer from severe tooth pain, you must seek dental assistance immediately. Contact Ascent Family Dental or walk in today to see a dentist immediately for your needs.


There are few things more painful than severe tooth pain. Whether sharp or dull, always there, or comes and goes, it can have a seriously debilitating effect the longer it goes on. Read on for more information on the causes of severe tooth pain, pain relief measures, and the treatment you can expect from a dentist.

What causes severe tooth pain?

It’s not always easy to determine why your teeth are hurting so much, and the causes can often go undetected for a long time. Here are some of the most common causes of extreme tooth pain:


  • Worn-down enamel, particularly when exposed to extreme temperatures, can cause severe tooth pain. Generally caused by your teeth’s over-exposure to acid or sugar, enamel can’t be brought back once it’s gone, so booking an appointment with a dentist is paramount. Some of its symptoms include pain caused by biting into hot or cold food.

  • An abscess – caused by a bacterial infection – can be a severely damaging dental problem. It causes the pulp inside your teeth to become infected. If you feel constant pain in your teeth, your gums are swelling and sensitive to touch, or a foul odor and taste accompany your tooth pain, you may have an abscessed tooth.

  • A cracked or fractured tooth exposes the nerves inside your tooth, leading to severe dental pain in many cases.

  • If your tooth pain comes on suddenly, it may be because food has become lodged in a cavity and irritates the nerves within the tooth itself. Food may be lodged beneath the gums if there’s a gradual build-up. The larger the piece of food, the more likely it is to irritate your gums.

  • Although intended to last a long time, a filling can become loose, crack, or fall out of your mouth completely, causing extreme tooth pain from the exposed nerves.

  • Cavities – small holes within your teeth – expose your tooth’s nerves, often leading to sharp tooth pain.

What can you do?

There are a couple of things that you can do to relieve the pain before visiting a dentist:


  • Take over-the-counter pain medication.

  • Wash your mouth out with warm salt water.

  • Apply an ice pack to the area of your face which hurts.

  • If your tooth pain is caused by the loss of a filling or crown, swabbing the affected tooth with clove oil can effectively manage the pain.

  • If you experience momentary pain when biting into hot or cold food, toothpaste for sensitive teeth can alleviate symptoms. However, you should see a dentist if the issue persists.

  • Flossing your teeth can help to dislodge any bits of food that are stuck under your gum line.


It’s important to remember that none of these things will treat the cause of your severe tooth pain. They can reduce discomfort, but you must see a dentist soon. 

What treatments are available?

You’ll have to visit a dentist to get to the root of the problem. Some causes of severe tooth pain are relatively easy to fix, while others require much more complex treatment:


  • First, you’ll have an x-ray to determine whether you’ve got any cavities.

  • If you’ve got a cavity, the dentist will remove the part of your tooth that has decayed and replace it with a filling.

  • If the problem is caused by food lodged under your gums, the dentist will remove the debris.

  • Treatments can be a bit more complex for situations where you’ve got an abscess or a cracked tooth and vary in seriousness from requiring a root canal to extracting the tooth itself.


For severe tooth pain, contact Ascent Family Dental to book your next appointment.

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