Tooth pain from eating something cold is one thing, but severe tooth pain is different. Short-term cures for severe tooth pain include taking over-the-counter pain medication and applying warm compresses to the area.
But if severe tooth pain persists, visit a dentist for an evaluation. Severe tooth pain that persists and is accompanied by other symptoms including a fever and redness and swelling in the gums could be a sign of a tooth abscess. An abscess is an infection at the root of a tooth or where the gum and tooth meet. Causes of a tooth abscess include severe, untreated tooth decay, gum disease (gingivitis), and trauma to the tooth. (1)
How Dentists Treat Severe Tooth Pain from a Tooth Abscess
A dentist may drain a tooth abscess with a root canal, and then place a crown over the damaged tooth. Other procedures include draining the abscess through an incision in the gums, or extracting the infected tooth. Any of these methods should relieve severe tooth pain, but your teeth will likely be sensitive after any procedure to treat a tooth abscess. Maintain a regular oral care routine after treatment for severe tooth pain by using an Oral B soft-bristled toothbrush. (1), (2)
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