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Home Remedies for Toothaches

Are you having trouble with a continuous toothache? This type of pain can interfere with your day to day tasks and overall mood. The good news is that there are some at home remedies you can implement to alleviate the pain if your toothache is mild.

Keep in mind that if you have a severe toothache, or your toothache lasts more than three days, you should contact your dentist in Duncanville and schedule an appointment to identify the underlying cause. Identifying and addressing the source of the pain allows you and your Duncanville dentist to effectively alleviate the symptoms you are feeling, usually for good.

The symptoms of a toothache generally include:

  • Pain
  • Sensitivity to food or drink
  • General discomfort in the mouth near infected tooth when eating or drinking
  • Inflammation of gums surrounding tooth

Whether its drinking, eating, talking or smiling, we use our mouths continuously throughout the day, for practically everything we do. Because of this, an ongoing toothache can really affect one’s quality of life. As a caring dental practice in Duncanville, Dr. Singla and the team want to help. If you are experiencing the above symptoms, keep reading, because we have some at-home remedies to help alleviate your toothache! Remember, if the pain is severe and has lasted three days or longer, you should give us a call. In the meantime, try out these at-home remedies.

  • Rinse your mouth with a hydrogen peroxide mix

Hydrogen peroxide is a compound that helps kill any harmful bacteria that could be the cause of (or worsen) your toothache. Hydrogen peroxide also helps reduce inflammation, which could help alleviate pain.

To make the mix, take equal parts water to the hydrogen peroxide in order to dilute the compound. Swish this around in your mouth as you would with regular mouth wash for thirty seconds to a minute. It’s important to not swallow any of this mixture, be sure to spit it out after swishing. Repeat this two-to-three times a day.

  • Gargle with warm saltwater
    Saltwater is a natural disinfectant. The mixture of warm saltwater reduces inflammation by killing germs that could be causing your pain. This home remedy for toothaches will probably be most readily available as salt is a common household item.

Simply mix a half a cup of warm water with a one-third teaspoon of sea salt. Stir the mixture until the salt partially dissolves in the warm water. Finally, swish this mixture around in your mouth for thirty seconds or longer. Also lean back and gargle with the salt mixture to kill bacteria in your throat. You can repeat this three-to-four times a day for the best results.

  • Apply ice on your cheek near the area

Cold temperatures are effective in reducing swelling and pain. The cold pack works by reducing the size of the blood vessels in the infected area which reduces inflammation. Reducing inflammation therefore reduces pain.

Simply wrap ice in a towel and place it to your cheek near the sore tooth. It’s important to remove the ice pack every five minutes, for two minutes, before repeating to avoid irritating the skin. After a few times, give the area a break. Repeat this method every few hours daily until you are able to visit your dentist in Duncanville.

  • Apply Clove oil on the sore area/soft tissue surrounding the tooth

Clove oil is a century-old home remedy for toothache used to dull the pain. Rumor has it that this natural home remedy for toothache is often just as effective as an over the counter antiseptic.

You should first wash your hands to kill any bacteria you could have on your fingers. Once your hands are clean, put a small amount of clove oil on a cotton ball or your finger and apply it to the sore area. You can do this twice a day after meals.

  • Apply a peppermint tea bag to the sore area in the mouth

Another natural home remedy for toothaches involves a peppermint tea bag. This household item can help numb and soothe the pain of a toothache. Start by resting the tea bag in a cup of hot water for about two minutes, then, remove it from the water and allow it to cool down. Put the bag in the freezer for an extra soothing effect. You can then apply the frozen tea bag to the sore area on your gum to help numb and soothe the pain.

With these home remedies for toothaches you can certainly soothe and even heal a mild toothache. While ongoing toothaches are often a sign of underlying oral-health issues, such as an infection, tooth decay, and cavities, we will again stress how important it is to alert your dentist in Duncanville when symptoms occur continuously. You must also remember the importance of regular dental checkups and cleanings with Dr. Singla to ensure the prevention of said oral health issues.

Here at Single Dental, we put our patients first and ensure the highest quality of care. If you are experiencing continuous tooth pain or need a checkup or cleaning, call us today to schedule out your next appointment. Your smile is our number one priority.

Who Is A Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Whether you are missing one or all of your teeth, dental implants are a highly sought-after restorative option that can be beneficial to your entire smile. They are a permanent option for when you need to replace teeth, since most implants can last for more than 20 or 30 years. They can be useful for most patients and are a viable alternative to other restorative options.

All About Implants

Most dental implants are made of titanium, which allows them to withstand the pressure and force of daily chewing, biting and even grinding. The implant’s post undergoes a process that is known as osseointegration over the course of several months. This simply means that the implant will fuse naturally with the surrounding bone of the jaw after it’s been placed. Osseointegration can take anywhere from three months to about six or eight months depending on the patient.

Who is a Good Candidate for Implants?

In order for implants to heal successfully, they need a good amount of solid bone structure in the area they’re being placed. If you have bone loss issues or have a large area of missing bone due to an extraction, a bone grafting may be necessary before the implant can be placed. Patients with severe medical conditions who wouldn’t be able to undergo general sedation or have the ability to heal from the procedure may not be good candidates for this specific surgery. However, the vast majority of patients who would like implants and who want to switch to this restoration type are able to have the procedure done safely and easily.

The Consultation Before the Procedure

Before an implant is placed, a consultation appointment allows us to determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. We will go over your medical and health history as well as take x-rays and special images of the area receiving the implants. We will then create a personalized treatment plan specific to your needs so that the implants have a great chance of healing successfully. Implants can be used to replace just a single missing tooth or they can be used to keep an entire denture in place so that it fits more securely.

If you would like to come into our office for a consultation appointment regarding dental implants, call us today and we will help to get you in to be seen.

Signs To Look For When Restoring Dental Implants

Technology surrounding dental implants has advanced significantly over the years. While dental implants have an incredibly high success rate and often last for years and decades, there can come a time when an implant fails or develops problems over time. Some of these problems are related to bone loss in the area the implant was placed, causing the post to become loose. Other issues may involve an implant that has cracked or broken entirely, resulting in pain, infection and gum inflammation. We offer implant restorations to patients experiencing these types of problems.

Here are some signs to look for that could signal an issue with your dental implants:

They're Loose

If you notice that your implant is loose or feels slightly unstable, it may be time to have it replaced or repaired. Implants should be incredibly secure in the bone, similar to a healthy tooth that wouldn’t be loose if you played with it. A loose implant could signal a problem with underlying bone or the fact that the implant never bonded with the bone in the first place.

There’s Gum Inflammation and Recession

If the gums around the implant are inflamed or have receded, the implant may need to be replaced. There may be an underlying infection or the implant might not have been inserted correctly. Inflammation is normal for newly placed implants, but shouldn’t be occurring regularly over the course of the first year or two as well as years after it’s been placed.

There’s an Infection

Properly placed implants that are functioning properly shouldn’t become infected. If your implant is infected and you’re experiencing a lot of pain, it may be time to have them replaced or repaired. A simple x-ray will help in determining if there is an underlying infection. Antibiotics may be needed to clear the infection before any work can be done.

There’s Pain

Once your implants have fully healed, they shouldn’t be painful and should become just another part of your smile. Implants can take several months to a year to fully heal, so it may be normal to have slight pain or discomfort around this area. However, if you’re experiencing severe pain or have discomfort years after the implant was placed, there could be an underlying problem.

It’s Difficult to Chew

Your implants are meant to become a part of your smile and should act similar to any other healthy tooth. If it’s become difficult to chew on the side where the implant is placed because of pain, discomfort or because the implant feels slightly loose, you need to have it checked.

If you think you may need to have a dental implant repaired or replaced, call our office today and we will get you in for a consultation appointment.