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Tooth Pain

Ranging from mild to severe, tooth pain can be a sign of underlying illness, tooth decay or dental trauma. WellNow Urgent Care medical providers are equipped to help you manage the pain and better understand its source.

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What is tooth pain?

Often called a toothache, tooth pain is categorized as feeling pain in or around your tooth.

Tooth Pain Symptoms

The type of tooth pain you are experiencing may help a medical provider understand its source. Common types of tooth pain include:

  • Pain when chewing or biting

  • Persistent sharp or throbbing pain

  • Redness and swelling near the gums

  • Sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks

  • A dull ache

What causes tooth pain?

The source of your tooth pain could be a recent injury or underlying illness. A medical provider will help you manage your pain and determine the cause. Some of the most frequent causes of tooth pain are:

A tooth abscess is a pocket of pus, typically from an infection. They are caused by bacteria that enters your teeth through a deep cavity, crack or gum line.

You may have a cavity if your pain gets worse when you chew or when eating or drinking something hot or cold.

Grinding your teeth while you sleep, due to stress or out of habit can cause distress to your teeth. If grinding your teeth has caused enough damage to result in pain, you may need a dental crown.

If your toothache is accompanied by other symptoms like congestion and sinus pressure, you may have a sinus infection.

How can I treat my tooth pain at home?

If your toothache is mild, or you are looking for quick relief from your pain, try these remedies:

  • Warm saltwater rinse

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers

  • A cold compress

  • Clove oil

When should you visit urgent care for tooth pain treatment?

If you are experiencing tooth pain, WellNow Urgent Care can help you manage your pain and understand its source. Check in online or walk in to a WellNow location nearest you.

This medical information has been reviewed for accuracy by Dr. Robert Biernbaum, Chief Medical Officer for WellNow Urgent Care.


For tooth- and dental-related care, a visit to a dentist is recommended. Find an Aspen Dental location near you.

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Symptoms We Treat

WellNow Urgent Care is dedicated to help you feel better, faster. Our dedicated medical team employs a comprehensive approach to treat your symptoms — as well as any illnesses or injuries they may stem from — to help you get better, faster.

This list contains our most commonly treated illnesses and symptoms. If you are
experiencing an illness not listed or are unsure of the source of your discomfort, visit a
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