Toothache Pain Relief in Anchorage, AK

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What causes a toothache?

Almost everyone at some time or another will experience discomfort from a toothache. Your toothache pain may be sharp, dull, burning, or cold. You may experience sensitivity to hot/cold foods and drinks, not be able to chew without pain, or find that without pain relief, you can’t get through your day.

But what causes a toothache? The most common underlying issues we see at Chugach Dental include:

  • Untreated tooth decay and gum disease
  • Damage to a tooth or gum tissue — biting on a fork, a piece of food stuck in your tooth, etc.
  • Infection/inflammation deep within the tooth
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Does a sore tooth mean I need a root canal?

Just like any ache or pain, a toothache is your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t right. Until it’s been examined by a dentist, you just can’t be sure what treatment you’ll need.

While sometimes tooth pain will go away on its own, some follow-up treatment may be needed.

  • Filling – When tooth decay is caught early, a small and natural tooth-colored filling can relieve toothache pain and protect your tooth from further damage.
  • Root Canal – As bacteria infects the inner layers of your tooth, the result can be a very painful toothache. A root canal cleans out decay, eliminates pain, and saves your natural tooth.
  • Extraction – In some cases, whether due to traumatic damage to the tooth or advanced decay, a tooth extraction may be the best option for your health.

It’s natural to be nervous, but know that regardless of the treatment you need, Dr. Adam Jensen and the team at Chugach Dental are committed to your comfort. We offer a variety of sedation options including prescription medications and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to keep you relaxed throughout your treatment.

How do I know if my toothache is serious?

Be on the lookout for any tooth pain accompanied by symptoms like:

  • Spontaneous pain
  • Redness or swelling
  • Chills/fever
  • Discharge of pus
  • Fractured or knocked out tooth
  • Bad smell/taste in your mouth

These are often warning signs of an abscess, which can be serious if not treated. If you’re ever in doubt, call our office at (907) 868-3000 for more information.

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Why is my toothache worse at night?

You’re not just imagining things! Most people notice their toothaches become worse at night. It’s due to:

  • Lying down to sleep directs blood flow to your head and increases the pressure on your head. A sensitive tooth becomes more sensitive!
  • Nighttime brushing and flossing can irritate sore teeth and gums or chewing from dinner can cause inflammation in the sore area.
  • Unconscious tooth grinding is more common at night, so if you wake up with an extra-sore tooth, that could be the culprit.
  • As you lay down to sleep, your brain will hopefully be free of distractions and thoughts. Unfortunately, this can make you extra aware of any discomfort you’re feeling — like your toothache.

Can I treat my sore and sensitive tooth at home?

If a tooth is infected or decayed, there’s nothing you can do to cure it at home.

Gargling with a warm saltwater rinse, rubbing clove oil on the sore area, or using a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth can provide temporary toothache relief. Only seeing a dentist for an evaluation and treatment can help you eliminate any issues you’re experiencing for good.


Payment and Insurance

We are in-network with Premera Blue Cross, Delta Dental, Moda, Aetna, Cigna, United Concordia, MetLife, TRICARE, and more. We’ll file paperwork, explain what’s covered, and help you maximize your insurance benefits.

We do not accept Medicaid or Medicare insurance.

Have a question about how much the dental services you need will cost with insurance? Call our Anchorage dentist office today at (907) 868-3000.


No insurance? No problem.

Chugach dental offers a variety of payment options, including 0% interest from CareCredit. You may also be interested in our Healthy Smile Club which starts at $52.52/month ($49.04 for kids 12 and under) and includes cleanings, exams, discounts on treatments, and a whole lot more.

If you don’t have dental insurance, don’t worry. We’re here to help.

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Can I see a dentist for my toothache today?

At Chugach Dental, we welcome patients for emergency treatment of toothaches and other issues. Call (907) 868-3000 to schedule or just stop by our office. We’ll do our best to see you as quickly as possible!

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Our Anchorage Dental Office

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Address: 9138 Arlon St. Ste. B3, Anchorage, AK 99507

Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 8AM - 4PM

Phone: (907) 868-3000


Find us near Abbott Road and Lake Otis Parkway in Anchorage.

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