Toothaches & Dental Emergencies in Edmonton

Odontalgia, the medical term for what is commonly known as a toothache, is a less frequent but severe pain in or around the tooth and jaws. The severity of a toothache can range from mild to throbbing to excruciating. 


There are various reasons that cause toothaches, including cavity, tooth decay, infected gums, sensitive teeth, abscessed tooth, wisdom tooth, tooth fracture, pulpitis or swelling in the dental pulp, a damaged filling, tight dental braces, breakdown of tooth enamel, and repetitive motions, such as grinding teeth or chewing gum. Symptoms include swelling around the tooth, throbbing and sharp pain in tooth, headache or fever, and a foul smelling from the infected tooth.


You should consult your Edmonton dentist to get a permanent cure for your toothache. Here are a few tips to relieve the pain until you can see your Westmount Dental Centre dentist. These include keeping your head elevated while sleeping to reduce the pressure in the region of toothache and flossing between broken or cracked teeth to remove plaque and food particles. 


The following natural home-made remedies can help reduce the ache to some extent:



  • Saline Water: Swirl around inside your mouth a solution of warm water mixed with a full heap of salt, for as long as you can. Repeat as many times as needed. This is the quickest and best remedy for wisdom teeth pain and pain due to a broken tooth.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Soak a cotton ball in apple cider or white vinegar and hold it on the pained tooth for relief. 
  • Vanilla Extract: Drench a small ball of cotton in vanilla extract and hold it on the affected place. Extracts of peppermint, lemon, and almond also have the same effect. This is a natural treatment for toothache.
  • Ice Pack/Hot Compress: To anaesthetize the throbbing tooth, wrap cubes of ice in a towel or cloth and hold it over the cheek. Make sure that you have a cloth between the ice and your cheek while doing the cold compress. If you don’t feel relief, opt for a hot compress, but be careful not to burn yourself. This process is considered one of the best pain relievers for wisdom teeth pain.

When you call Westmount Dental Centre with a dental emergency, we’ll do everything in our power to get you in as soon as we can – preferably the same day. Our hours are 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday through Friday and 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturdays.

For emergency dental service in Edmonton, call us at 780-454-1269. Make sure to specify that it’s an emergency so we can give you the right service.
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