Dental pain can originate from a tooth infection, cracking or knocking out a tooth, gum disease or eruption of a new tooth. You may have increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods or experience pain while chewing. Swelling, blood or pus discharge may be present. Dental pain can sometimes be quite severe and disabling.

Before seeing a dentist, you may find temporary relief with the following methods:

  • Cold compress
  • Salt water rinses
  • Over-the-counter pain medications
  • Clove oil application

Your dentist will review your medical history and carefully evaluate your oral tissues to identify the source of your pain. Pain medication and antibiotics may be prescribed. Your dentist may sometimes recommend pulling out a tooth or treating the canals in the roots of a tooth to relieve severe pain and infection.