What To Do When You Have a Toothache

Do you have a painful tooth? Your family dentist in Pasadena, CA, Dr. Jerry Johnson, offers treatments that will ease your toothache pain.

Treating tooth pain at home

A few home care treatments can help you manage the pain of a toothache until you can see the dentist. If you have a toothache, you may want to:

  • Use an Ice Pack: Ice numbs your jaw and also reduces inflammation and swelling. Keep an ice pack on your face for no longer than 20 minutes. Take a 20-minute break before reapplying ice.
  • Take a Pain Reliever: Over-the-counter pain medications may help dull your pain. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen and naproxen sodium, are good choices because they ease both pain and swelling. If you can't take NSAIDs, acetaminophen may help reduce pain.
  • Rinse with Saltwater or Hydrogen Peroxide: Rinsing your mouth with a saltwater or hydrogen peroxide-and-water solution may temporarily decrease pain and inflammation.
  • Apply Oil of Clove: Clove oil has natural anesthetic properties that may reduce toothache pain. Put a few drops of the oil on a cotton swab or piece of cotton and apply to the gum around your tooth.
  • Try Numbing Gel: An oral numbing gel is another good solution if your tooth hurts.

How your dentist treats toothaches

During your visit to the Pasadena dental office, X-rays or other tests may be needed to locate the source of your tooth pain. The decayed material will be removed and replaced with a filling if a cavity is responsible for your pain. If you have a large filling, you may also need a dental crown to strengthen your tooth. Crowns, also called caps, are hollow restorations that slip over the top of teeth.

If an infection or inflammation in your tooth pulp is the cause of your pain, you'll need a root canal to ease your pain and save your tooth. Root canals involve removing the pulp and replacing it with a rubber-based filling.

Sometimes tooth pain is caused by a crack in a tooth. Adding a crown to the tooth ends your pain and reduces the risk that the tooth will break.

Tooth pain doesn't always mean that you have a problem with a tooth. In fact, you might have a toothache if you have a sinus infection or gum disease. Once these issues are treated, your pain will go away.

Is a toothache ruining your day? Call your Pasadena, CA, family dentist, Dr. Jerry Johnson, at (626) 798-7896 to schedule your appointment.


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Dr. Jerry Johnson is amazing!   Love him. I have delta dental PPO and switched to him when I moved to the area. Highly recommend!

 X. Horwitz


I'm so glad that I found this dentist! He and his staff are the nicest, kindest, and professional people! The main reasons are that they are honest and fair. I feel like I'm going to see family when I go there. Dr. Johnson and his team always treat you with care. They are very gentle, because I'm sure that they are cognizant of the fact that most people are very frightened to see a dentist and get their teeth cleaned or treated. Great people-highly recommended! 

Richard P.


January 25, 2023

Dr. Johnson and his staff worked with me when I had a recent dental emergency. He was able to work me into his schedule and diagnose my cracked tooth and provide temporary relief from the pain. I am extremely happy with my new crown and feel that Dr. Johnson did an amazing job. 


I wouldn't go anywhere else! I have a phobia of dentists and had stayed away from any for 5-6 years until I found Doctor Johnson. He worked with me and seemed to understand my fear. With a genetic tendency for gum problems, he has done everything to help encourage me to improve my dental health. Even when I went to grad school and had access to the low-cost university dentist, I chose to have Dr Johnson do my dental work. 5 stars all the way.  

 Michele Y.


Dr. Johnson is a high-quality dentist who takes the time to explain any procedure you need to have done, which greatly puts you at ease. I recently broke off a piece of one of my back molars while eating at a restaurant. I called his office and Dr. Johnson was able to see me right away and fit me in to his schedule. I ended up needing a crown and couldn't be happier with the results. Thank you, Dr. Johnson!     

I have been going to Dr. Johnson's office for a number of years and I cannot recommend them enough.  The staff is knowledgeable, courteous and always friendly - there is a caring, personal touch here that you do not find with all Dental Offices.  

From the moment you arrive you are greeted with a smile and a warm demeanor by Mary at the front desk, and that feeling continues through the rest of your visit.  Dr. Johnson always takes the time to explain any necessary procedures and offers advice & tips on ways that I can improve my teeth in advance of the next visit.  

Patrick F.

Sep 20, 2010 

I know that often people don't usually enjoy going to the dentist, which is why I have told referred so many people to Dr. Johnson - here you really feel like you are part of the family.
Robert - 

Best Dentist In the World!!!!!! 

My wife has been going to Dr. Johnson for quite some time now and she introduced me to him about 12 years ago. I have never felt so comfortable with a dentist as I have with Dr. Johnson. I have had a lot of work done by Dr. Johnson and have never felt any pain... AT ALL! If you are afraid of going to the dentist because of the pain, you need not fear Dr. Johnson. He is easy going and patient and does not try to sell you anything you don't need. Another thing that makes his office great is, he is prompt. If your appointment is at 2, then you are in your chair and being worked on at 2. He doesn't over book, which speaks volumes about his care for his patients.     


m vanier - Oct 8, 2009


 Jerry Johnson is the best dentist I've ever been to. I used to go to Dental Plus in Pasadena, and although their dentists were very competent, they were always trying to get me to do what I thought were unnecessary procedures (like veneers I didn't want or need). Jerry is the exact opposite of this. He's very laid-back, knowledgeable, and never tries to rip you off. His staff are friendly, polite, and intelligent. I think he already has plenty of patients, but I'd strongly recommend him if you're looking for a dentist in the Pasadena area. 








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