Woken up with sharp pain in tongue

Tongue pain is a typical symptom of a dental infection.

Some dental issues can also cause the tongue to swell. This swelling can be painful and affect the ability to eat and speak normally.

If your tongue is tender, numb, or burning, it could be a sign of an infection that needs to be treated.

Your dentist will be able to tell you more about what’s causing your tongue pain. You can also ask them to take a look at your teeth to check for damage.

How to treat dental pain?

If your dental pain is caused by a dental infection, your dentist will need to treat it.

Sometimes, they can use a topical antibiotic to reduce the infection. They can also prescribe you an oral antibiotic to prevent the infection from returning.

You’ll need to take your oral antibiotic for a few days, and keep it for a few weeks, to fully treat the infection.

If you’re experiencing a sore throat, your dentist might prescribe you an antibiotic that you take by mouth to reduce the swelling in your throat.

In the long term, you might need to have dental work done to prevent the infection from coming back.

If your infection is severe, or if it’s causing your tongue to swell or your teeth to hurt, you may need a root canal or other dental work.

If you have a dental infection, you may also need surgery to remove the infected tooth root.

If you have some dental work done to restore your teeth, you may have some pain and discomfort for a few days. This is likely to clear up in a few days.

If you have a severe infection that isn’t responding to treatment, or if you have persistent pain that’s affecting your mouth, you may need to see a dental professional.

They can provide a more thorough examination and diagnose the cause of your dental pain. They’ll also refer you to a doctor for more specialized treatment.

Preventing dental pain

You can help prevent dental pain by practicing good oral hygiene.

If you have a dental infection, you might have to do some home treatment to help ease your pain and discomfort.

You can clean your teeth and mouth using a toothbrush and mouthwash. You can also use an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) to reduce your pain.

If you need to have any dental work done, you’ll need to follow your dentist’s instructions.

For example, you’ll need to take your oral antibiotic for a few days before the surgery. You’ll also have to drink plenty of water before and after the procedure.

If you’re having a root canal, you’ll need to avoid foods and drinks that can irritate your mouth. This includes citrus fruits, spicy foods, and alcohol.

It’s also important to treat your dental pain. If your pain is severe, your dentist can prescribe you an over-the-counter pain reliever.

When to see your dentist?

See your dentist if you’re experiencing any of the following dental pain:

  • A sharp or burning pain in your teeth or gums
  • A painful, red patch on your tongue
  • A swollen or tender tongue

It’s also important to see your dentist if you’re experiencing any of the following dental issues:

  • A sudden loss of your ability to speak
  • A bad taste in your mouth
  • A sore jaw
  • An open sore in your gums
  • A sore or painful tooth
  • A tooth that doesn’t seem to be in your mouth

See your dentist if you have a dental infection, and any of the following symptoms:

  • A sore throat that doesn’t clear up after three days
  • A fever
  • A headache
  • A headache pain that’s intense and won’t go away
  • A headache that’s severe
  • Numbness or tingling in your face or hands
  • Pain that’s severe or that doesn’t seem to be getting better
  • Pain that’s worse at night
  • A toothache that wakes you up at night
  • Redness, swelling, or tenderness around your teeth
  • Tenderness in your mouth

It’s always a good idea to see your dentist if you experience a toothache. It could be a sign of a dental infection that needs to be treated.

You can also take some pain reliever to help ease your discomfort.

What’s the long-term outlook?

In most cases, dental pain can be treated with a few days of home care.

Your dentist will need to do a more thorough examination to identify the cause of your dental pain. They’ll also refer you to a doctor for further treatment.

Your doctor can prescribe you antibiotics or other medications that can help treat the infection. They can also prescribe you pain relievers to take in your mouth to reduce the pain.

If you’re prescribed antibiotics, you’ll need to keep them for a few days. You’ll also need to keep taking them to prevent a relapse of the infection.

Your doctor will also need to do dental work to solve the dental infection. They can also prescribe you a pain reliever to take for a few days to reduce the pain.

In some cases, you may need to have your teeth cleaned. If you have a root canal, you may also need to have a crown or other restoration put on your teeth.

In some cases, you may need to have a tooth removed. This is usually only necessary if the infection has spread to your jawbone.

Your dentist will also need to remove any dental work that’s causing your jaw pain.

Sometimes, dental pain can persist for months or even years. In this case, you may need to have more dental work done.

In severe cases, your dentist may need to remove your teeth.

The bottom line

Dental pain can be caused by a wide range of factors, from a toothache to infection.

Typically, dental pain is caused by a dental infection.

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