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Young woman with undiagnosed dental pain



A toothache is nothing to sneeze at or ignore. The sooner you get treatment for a toothache the better.


A stubborn toothache can be painful and, depending on the cause, you could need a root canal, lose a tooth, or encounter a serious bacterial dental infection.


Once you have a persistent toothache, we can’t overemphasize the need for you to immediately call us for emergency dental care. 805.983.0717

Illustration of potential medical issues from a tooth problem

Bacterial infections in your teeth, gums or mouth in your lower jaw can lead directly to your heart. If the disease is in your upper jaw, the path leads directly to your brain. With this progression, you may find yourself faced with a life-threatening medical emergency.

Mitigate toothache pain with a warm salt water rinse
Relieve toothache pain with OTC pain medications
Use an ice pack to relieve toothache pain

While you are awaiting your appointment, here are some home remedies simply for a stop-gap measure:​

  • Use a warm water rinse with salt

  • Take an over the counter pain medication (a NSAID such as ibuprofen … take with food … avoid aspirin if you have bleeding)

  • Apply an ice pack to your face in the areas of the inflammation.

Hot and cold food can increase toothache pain
Brush carefully when you have toothache pain
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Pain Management    

  • Sleep Sedation (IV)

  • Laughing Gas

  • Intramuscular Sedation (IV)

  • Oral Sedation

  • Lidocaine Injections


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  • Single Tooth Implants

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  • Bone Grafting

Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Teeth Whitening

  • Clear Alingers

  • Veneers

  • Bonding & Contouring

Prevention: Routine Exams

  • Deep Cleanings, Laser  Therapy & Anti-Bacterial Therapy

  • Semi-Annual Check Ups

  • Dental CT Scans & X-Rays   

  • Professional Regular Cleanings      


  • Root Canals

Oral Surgery    

  • Extractions

  • Wisdom Teeth   

  • Bone Grafting


  • Clear Aligners

  • Crowding

Dental Self Care   

  • Flossing

  • Brushing   

  • Rinsing

Sensitive Teeth


Sensitive teeth make it miserable to eat food which is supposed to be a pleasant experience.


You should make an appointment when you first experience sensitive teeth, so we can diagnose the problem.

In the meantime …

  • Brush your teeth softer

  • Avoid acidic foods and beverages

  • Don’t smoke or chew tobacco.

  • Take an over the counter pain medication (a NSAID such as ibuprofen … take with food … avoid aspirin if you have bleeding)


What we may do …


  • Provide you a mouth guard

  • Restore a damaged tooth with a filling or root canal

  • Do a gum graft

  • Provide a fluoride gel treatment

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