Dull Toothache or Sensitivity

woman with hurting toothWhile a dull toothache or sensitivity in one area does not warrant an after-hours emergency call, you should still seek an appointment with our office during business hours, especially if you notice recurring pain.

Aching or sensitivity that doesn’t go away, even if low on the pain threshold, is likely an indication of something more serious going on—wisdom teeth, abscess, cracked tooth, lost filling, periodontal disease, or even a sinus infection.

We prefer to see you for an evaluation before something that begins as a dull ache or biting pressure evolves into something very painful.

Any pain stemming from an underlying dental issue will not resolve on its own or improve without treatment—so the sooner we can evaluate and determine the cause, the better.

In the meantime, until you can be seen in our office, please do the following:

  • Take a pain reliever such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
  • Rinse with warm salt water several times a day.
  • Avoid chewing or biting down on the tooth or teeth involved.
  • Avoid sweet and acidic food or anything that seems to increase sensitivity.