Toothache Relief in San Antonio, TX

If you have a toothache, you may want to seek treatment as soon as possible. It could be the result of a serious dental issue. Contact Thousand Oaks Dental in San Antonio, and we’ll bring that tooth to excellent condition so that you can bring back that smile. 


Do I Need to Worry About a Toothache?


toothache relief Thousand Oaks Dental dentist in San Antonio, TX It’s probably best to have Dr. Thompson check it out to ensure it’s not a serious condition. Toothaches sometimes go away with time, but this isn’t necessarily good. For example, if the pain goes away suddenly, it might be because the tooth root has died. But the problem may still be there and may grow. 


Even small dental problems can worsen and quickly become bigger ones. For example, an infection is a common toothache source. An infection could seriously damage the jawbone and spread to the rest of your body, causing serious illness. Seeking professional treatment is the safest option and the best way to ensure pain relief. 


How Do I Know if I Need Treatment?


Symptoms can include persistent, sharp, severe, or throbbing tooth, aw, or ear pain. This may make it difficult to open your mouth, speak or eat. You may experience persistent swelling or bleeding in the tooth area, gums, or pain when you apply pressure to the teeth. You may develop a fever, chills, or earache. 


What Causes a Toothache?


Some of the common toothache causes are:


  • Tooth decay.
  • Infection
  • Broken or cracked tooth.
  • Tooth grinding (bruxism)
  • Gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis)
  • Food or plaque between the teeth


How Can I Prevent or Relieve My Tooth Pain?


Practicing good dental hygiene is the best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy and prevent the diseases that cause toothache. Brush and floss every day, and maintain a proper diet that reduces tooth decay. Wear a protective mouthguard if you play sports to prevent tooth damage, and visit us at Thousand Oaks Dental about twice per year for regular checkups. We can keep an eye out for dental conditions that may be beyond your control. 


If you already have a toothache, the following tips may help you manage the pain until you can see Dr. Thompson for treatment:


  • Rinse with warm salt water to remove debris between your teeth, sanitize your mouth, and reduce inflammation. Rinse for about 30 seconds, then spit out the saltwater. Don’t swallow it. 
  • Rinse with an antiseptic mouth wash. Check with your pharmacist about any suggestions for product recommendations.
  • Take a pain reliever. Ibuprofen can be effective for toothache, as it includes a pain-reliever and anti-inflammatory. Check with your doctor before taking any medication to ensure it’s safe.
  • Apply a warm, moist compress to the cheek or face outside the affected area for about five minutes. Follow with a cold compress, also for about five minutes or until your face feels numb. Repeat as necessary until you feel relief. 
  • Keep your head elevated. You may notice that a toothache is worse at the worst possible time – at night when you’re trying to sleep. Why would this be? Because the blood flows toward your head when you lie down. When you have a toothache, this might enhance the pressure, sensitivity, and pain.
  • Floss the teeth and gums. If you have an infection, it can cause gum pain and swelling. Cleaning plaque and debris from the area with floss can help. Follow this by rinsing with warm saltwater. 


Thousand Oaks Dental in San Antonio Can Make Your Toothache Disappear


Let us take a closer look at what ails you. Let us help you prevent future toothaches and any other dental issues. Dr. Precious Thompson and her excellent staff members will focus on your comfort, satisfaction, and, most importantly, your smile.


Contact us today, and we’ll set an appointment for you.

ClearCorrect Aligners for Teens

At Thousand Oaks Dental, Dr. Thompson wanted dental services available to cater to each patient’s wants and needs. To make orthodontics work less visible for teens, we offer ClearCorrect aligners as an alternative to traditional braces. This post will help you learn about ClearCorrect aligners and why they are an excellent choice for your teens that require orthodontic care. 

When selecting an orthodontic treatment for your teenager, it is essential to look at all the options. Traditional metal braces have been the most commonly used orthodontic treatment used by teens for decades. Metal braces consist of metal brackets bonded to each tooth with a metal archwire running through them. The wire is constantly tightened throughout multiple appointments, causing the teeth to move into their directed position. Although traditional braces are common, they are very noticeable and have limitations. 


ClearCorrect Aligners 

Straightening teeth through the use of clear, retainer-like aligners has been the chosen form of orthodontic treatment for adults for years and is becoming the go-to option for teens. 

ClearCorrect aligners consist of a series. Each series of aligners is a complete orthodontic treatment customized precisely to the movements your teen’s teeth need to make. Before designing through an impression, Dr. Thompson will examine the teeth, x-rays, and photographs of your child’s face to determine the specific course of treatment. 

Every two weeks, a new set of aligners given to your child will continue the movement of the teeth. The amount of aligners is determined by the length of the treatment plan, ranging anywhere from 10-14 months. 


Why Choose ClearCorrect for your Teenager 

Even though traditional braces will eventually smile at your child they desire, the treatment might be more prolonged and possibly uncomfortable. There are many benefits for choosing ClearCorrect for your child, including: 

  • With metal braces, children can become insecure about their smiles and even their overall appearance. It can draw unwanted attention that can influence your teenager’s self-confidence. 


  • Numerous patients have reported that ClearCorrect aligners are comfortable to wear. Because each set of aligners fits your smile, they fit perfectly. 


  • ClearCorrect aligners eliminate all of the restrictions that commonly come with traditional braces. Aligners are removable, so you can remove them to eat your favorite foods and then place them back in. With traditional braces, you need to avoid certain foods because of the risk of breaking a bracket, with clear aligners that aren’t an issue. 


  • Due to the aligners being removable, we have seen an increase in teenagers’ oral health while using ClearCorrect. Brushing and flossing can maintain the same instead of having to maneuver through brackets and wires. 


  • Although we love seeing our patients through ClearCorrect aligners, the number of visits to our office is limited compared to braces. We only need to see you when issuing you your next set. 


  • Your dentist recommends that your teen wears the clear aligners for at least 20 hours out of each day for optimal results. Wearing your aligners often allows for removal during oral health practices, eating, and even while playing sports to avoid any damage. 


Help your teen receive a straight and beautiful smile through the use of ClearCorrect aligners. Dr. Thompson understands developing personalized and detailed treatment plans to move your child’s teeth into exact positions. 


To learn more about taking advantage of ClearCorrect aligners, contact our office, Thousand Oaks Dental, located right here in San Antonio, Texas. We look forward to hearing from you and helping your teenager enhance their smile.