What to Do If You Have a Toothache While in Braces | E&S Orthodontics

A certain amount of pain can be expected with braces as the teeth shift into place and initially a minor amount of tooth sensitivity, gum and jaw pain in some cases. Some toothaches however aren’t the result of orthodontic treatment and it’s important that they’re addressed.

Are the Braces Causing the Toothache?

Usually, the main cause of toothache with orthodontic treatment is that the braces were recently adjusted and the resulting movement of the teeth. Anytime you have a new wire placed, there’s going to be some adaptation or movement that’s going to take place that can cause a toothache. Other than that, it could be a different kind of dental problem affecting the teeth that has nothing to do with treatment.

A telltale sign that the toothache is a result of braces is that there’s no damage to the tooth that’s causing the pain, or any decay in or around it. Typically, this kind of pain occurs right after an orthodontic session. If this is the case, give it a little time to subside.

If you have a toothache and you don’t feel it’s related to a cavity or other dental issue, you can take Tylenol to relieve the pain if you’ve taken it before.

Is Tooth Decay or Another Unseen Problem Causing the Toothache?

If you have a persistent toothache, you’ll want to go in for a dental exam to make sure that there’s nothing wrong. This kind of toothache is usually doesn’t get better with time and numbing products don’t help. During your dental appointment, the dentist will probably end up taking an X-Ray to help determine the problem.

If you have any additional questions regarding orthodontic care, feel free to contact E&S Orthodontics today. You don’t need to live with unnecessary dental pain.