Toothache Treatment in Livermore, CA

Toothaches are debilitating and seriously affect the wellbeing of a patient. They are usually felt far more than a regular pain anywhere else in your body. Since Dr. Lin knows the excruciating pain suffered from a toothache, he provides a fast and efficient solution to your suffering. 

If you or your child is suffering from a toothache, you should get it looked at before the pain intensifies. Brent C Lin, DDS, will first find the cause of the pain to find the best solution to make it go away.  Schedule an appointment online or call Dr. Lin’s Livermore office directly today.


A toothache, which is a pain around the tooth, can have several causes. The most common cause has to do with tooth decay when a cavity has formed in the enamel and exposes the sensitive tissues and nerves underneath. Some of the other most common causes are:

  • Abscessed tooth – A dental abscess is a pocket of pus inside your tooth. 
  • Tooth fracture 
  • Gum infection – Gingivitis or gum disease can cause pain around your tooth. 
  • Grinding teeth – You may be grinding your teeth at night during your sleep, which can cause pain. 
  • Damaged fillings – If a filling in your mouth deteriorates or has fallen, the nerve inside could be exposed.
  • Wisdom teeth – If you have one or more wisdom teeth crowning, they could be exerting pressure over your other teeth.
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders – This condition affects the joints in your jaw, but it can also affect your teeth.

Unfortunately, the actual pain around your tooth is not the only problem that is affecting your life quality. Besides the throbbing, sharp, or constant pain, usually intensified with only a little pressure, other symptoms may be present:

  • Gum swelling around the tooth
  • Foul taste in your mouth caused by pus or infection draining out of your tooth
  • Fever and headache.

Occasionally, the pain can include other areas such as the jaw, ear, and sinuses. 

You should make an appointment as soon as you start getting the following symptoms:

  • You have been aching for more than 1 or 2 days
  • You have a fever or a headache
  • When you feel pain when opening your mouth wide open 
  • Your toothache is so severe you can feel your heartbeats in the zone of the pain

The most important part when treating a toothache is identifying its cause. This is why your dentist will promptly run through your medical history if this is available. He will then run a thorough mouth test to determine the cause of the toothache. 

The following are some procedures to diagnose the cause of a toothache and treat it:

  • The dentist will ask about where the exact location of the pain, how bad it feels, what triggers it, and what soothes it.
  • A physical examination – Your dentist examines your mouth and jaw, including the gums, teeth, tongue, throat, nose, sinuses, ears, and neck.
  • X-rays – Based on what the dentist might suspect, he will run some X-rays and other tests. 

The treatment for a toothache will depend on the cause. For instance, if a cavity causes the pain, the dentist will fill it up or remove the tooth. If the tooth’s nerve is infected, a root canal is a way to go. In the case of swelling or fever, the dentist may prescribe an antibiotic. 

Sometimes, when the pain is severe, the trip to the dentist might prove to be longer than what it really is. There are some ailments to treat the pain while the patient gets seen by the dentist. The home treatment procedure includes:

  • Use of acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
  • Stay away from hot or cold beverages – they’ll make the pain worse.
  • Bite on a cotton ball soaked in oil of cloves.

The first recommendation against toothache is to take good care of your teeth. Cavities and tooth decay are caused by inadequate oral hygiene. This is what you need to do:

  • Brush regularly with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Rinse once or twice a day with an antiseptic mouthwash
  • Floss at least once daily
  • Avoid snacks and sugary foods
  • Visit your doctor at least twice a year
  • Ask your doctor about fluoride applications and sealants

For more information about toothaches or to schedule an appointment with our dentist, call our office in Livermore, California today.

Technology & Safety

Providing a safe and relaxing environment, supported by the use of technology, is a top priority at Brent C. Lin, DDS. We are proud to share just some of the technology and tools we provide to our patients.

Cerec 3D CAD-CAM technology

Advanced technology that creates a 3D image of your teeth, eliminating the need for temporary crowns and a second visit.

Panoramic/CBCT (Cone beam) Imaging

Advanced diagnostic technology that takes panoramic and/or 3D images of your skull to increase diagnostic capabilities — all in about 14 seconds! All you do is stand there!


State-of-the-art sterilization machine (used by only 3% of practices)

Computerized Delivery

Computerized anesthetic delivery system that achieves painless, efficient injections to patients

Computerized Dental Record

Computerized dental health records and management system. Online patient can also access to dental records.

Highly Trained Staff

Highly trained and licensed providers and staff

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