If your tooth nerve is exposed, particular foods and drinks will probably trigger the pain.
Pain in an exposed tooth nerve can be triggered by foods and drinks that are hot or cold, sugary, acidic or sour. If you avoid the following, you may be able to help reduce your pain until you are able to be seen by a dentist:
- Ice water
- Iced or hot tea
- Sports drinks
- Ice cream
- Citrus fruits
Tooth nerve pain does not typically go away without dental treatment unless it is a tooth engaged in the healing process after dental treatment. If you are not able to get in to see a dentist right away, you may be able to get some relief by avoiding foods and drinks that trigger the pain and by using a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth along with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Pain is usually what signals nerve damage to your tooth. It can start with sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages, and as it progresses, the pain can get worse and occur day and night.
A severe exposed tooth nerve must be addressed with a prescribed treatment from a dentist. This often involves removing the decayed portion of the tooth and replacing it with a filling, crown, onlay, or a root canal treatment.
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