Pain Relief for Toothaches & Tooth Pain

Toothache Treatments in Downtown Seattle

Are you experiencing persistent pain and irritation in your teeth or gums? You may have a toothache!

Toothaches and other forms of tooth pain make it difficult to eat, talk, and go about your day. If you’re seeking pain relief for toothaches and tooth pain in the downtown Seattle area, call or visit Seattle Dental Associates.

Our office understands how excruciating toothache pain can be and makes every effort to provide emergency dental appointments during standard practice hours for patients who can’t wait to be seen.

Call our experienced dental team at 206.343.8774 to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online.
Our office is conveniently located in downtown Seattle near Amazon in the Medical Dental Building.

What Usually Causes Toothaches and Sensitive Teeth?

Toothache pain may be sharp, stabbing, dull, or aching and is often accompanied by sensitive teeth and gums. Cavities caused by severe tooth decay are the leading cause of toothaches. However, you could also have an abscessed tooth, which is a severe infection that spreads from the root. Symptoms of an abscessed tooth include swelling, tenderness, redness, and pus-filled sores along your gumline.

The most common tooth pain causes include:

  • Cavities and tooth decay
  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Severe infections
  • Dental abscesses
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Damaged or lost fillings
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Bruxism (a condition involving grinding or clenching your teeth)
  • Exposed tooth roots
  • Injury or trauma to your teeth, gums, mouth, or head

Ignoring tooth pain is never a good idea, as it typically indicates something is wrong and needs to be addressed by a trained dental professional. The dental team at Seattle Dental Associates is experienced and qualified to treat leading causes of toothaches in downtown Seattle.

Home Remedies You Can Try First

If a toothache strikes when you can’t easily book a dental appointment, like in the middle of the night, you can try some of these home remedies to get some pain relief.

  • Salt Water Rinse
    An easy and effective way to reduce discomfort is to rinse your mouth with a warm salt water rinse. Add a few teaspoons of salt to a glass of warm water and swish the mixture around in your mouth for a few seconds before spitting the liquid out. Warm water helps ease the pain and the salt helps reduce any swelling in your gum tissue temporarily.
  • Cold Compress
    If you have swelling in addition to tooth pain, try holding a cold compress against the side of your cheek to provide some temporary relief. A cold compress helps numb the area, which can relieve discomfort. It may also help reduce swelling and inflammation. While a cold compress will not address the underlying cause of the toothache, it may provide temporary pain relief.
  • Clove Oil
    Clove oil, which contains eugenol a natural anesthetic, can be used to temporarily decrease swelling associated with a toothache. Dip a cotton ball in clove oil and gently rub the cotton ball over the sore area of the tooth and gum tissue.

Why Choose Seattle Dental Associates for Toothache Relief?

When you schedule an appointment with us, we’ll give you a conclusive diagnosis of the source of your pain and help you take the next steps for a fast, effective recovery. Whether you’re experiencing intermittent tooth pain or a persistent toothache, our dental specialists are here to provide treatments that lead to lasting pain relief.

Emergency patients welcome

Experienced dentists who invest in continuing education

Highly-rated dental team with a 4.9 Google star rating

Convenient downtown location in the Medical Dental building near Amazon

Dental Membership Plan Available

Seattle Met Top Dentist since 2013

Near Westlake Link Lightrail stop and over 30+ bus routes

Validated parking at Pacific Place

Friendly, relaxing atmosphere for all ages

Toothache Remedies: How to Get Rid of Toothache Symptoms

Minor toothache pain may be alleviated through over-the-counter medications and pain relievers, such as ibuprofen. Other toothache home remedies include ice compressions and saltwater rinses. However, home remedies generally only offer temporary pain relief and not a permanent solution or cure.

If you have a toothache that lasts longer than a day or two, your best bet is to visit your dentist to check for any signs of tooth decay, infection, or damage that need to be repaired. In some cases, you may need a surgical procedure such as a wisdom tooth extraction or a root canal. Even if your toothache doesn’t seem severe at first, waiting until your symptoms get worse is never a wise course of action.

When to See Your Dentist or Use Toothache Home Remedies

If toothache pain persists, becomes more severe, or is accompanied by other serious symptoms such as bleeding, pus, fever, or a swollen face or jaw, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your dentist. If you have a cavity or an abscessed tooth, home remedies will not be effective for very long.

Treatment for a cavity may require either a filling or a crown. One of our dentists will discuss with you the best treatment option to restore your teeth back to optimal health. Our dentists will remove the decayed part of your tooth with a dental drill and replace the missing tooth structure with either a tooth-colored filling or a crown. Treatment for an abscessed tooth requires a root canal. If your wisdom teeth are erupting, you’ll likely need one of our dentists to have them extracted to avoid future complications and crowding issues.

When to Visit the Emergency Room for a Toothache

Tooth infections and orofacial traumas can be very serious. In most cases, you can wait until you can schedule an appointment with our qualified dental team; however, there are instances where you should visit the ER first.

  • You have a high fever, over 101, with your toothache
  • You have a toothache and are having difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • The swelling from your toothache has spread to other parts of your face, especially your eye or below your jawline
  • You have had a trauma or blow to the face or jaw, that results in swelling, bleeding, or your teeth not fitting together properly
  • Your bleeding can’t be controlled when pressure is applied
  • You have been on oral antibiotics for at least 24 hours and are still continuing to get worse

We Accept Dental Insurance, HSAs, FSAs, & CareCredit Financing

Our office is conveniently located only blocks away from Amazon in the heart of beautiful downtown Seattle. Welcoming new patients of all ages, we always strive to maintain a relaxed atmosphere.

We’re proud to offer our own in-house dental membership plan to make it easy for you to get the dental treatment you need. We also accept HSAs (Health Savings Accounts), FSAs (Flexible Spending Accounts), and CareCredit financing, so you can receive the urgent treatment you need with fewer anxieties about upfront costs. Come see us today and leave with a healthy smile!

Experiencing Tooth Pain in Seattle? Contact Seattle Dental Associates

Voted one of Seattle’s top dentists for nearly a decade by Seattle Met, Dr. Baker and his entire staff are dedicated to offering prompt service and ensuring your comfort during dental appointments. Blankets and pillows are provided during treatment upon request. If you’re experiencing a toothache or tooth pain, don’t live with the agony any longer than necessary.

If you are suffering from tooth pain and aches, schedule an appointment today by calling (206) 343-8774!

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What Sets Us Apart

  • Only Blocks Away from Amazon
  • In-House Dental Membership Plan
  • Same-Day CEREC Dental Crowns
  • Invisalign Provider
  • Seattle Met Top Dentist for 10+ Years
  • Free Invisalign Consultations
  • Friendly, Relaxing Atmosphere for All Ages
  • Technologically Advanced Dental Care
  • Blankets & Pillows Provided During Treatment
  • ​Most Comfortable & Efficient Dental Treatments
  • Validated Parking at Pacific Place
  • Botox® Cosmetic Injections

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