Dental Pain

Tooth Pain Solutions

Tooth pain is some of the most discomforting of all pains anyone can endure. If your tooth is tender to the touch or you’re just experiencing a general pain in your teeth we understand how stressful it can be.

Tooth pain can be described in several ways:

  • Sharp stabbing pain around your tooth
  • Throbbing pain that feels like your tooth has a heartbeat
  • Inflammation around the tooth, usually the gum line
  • Red and irritated gums
  • General mouth pain with a difficult to locate the origin
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Toothaches are a distressing feeling, and you can’t always get directly to a dentist, but there are few things you can do until you can see us. These are not permanent solutions, the purpose is to give you relief until you’re able to see Dr. Hemphill. Contact West Hill Family Dental right away for tooth pain treatment.

Salt and warm water
This a common remedy that is fast and easy to do. Nearly everyone has salt and water. Warm salt water has been known to provide relief for toothaches because the solution will draw out the fluids from the gums that are causing the irritation and help reduce the aching sensation. Mix a single tablespoon (1 tbsp.) of salt in a glass of warm water, then rinse and swish the solution around your mouth, repeating if necessary.
Ice or Cold Compress
The easiest and most common method for pain relief is using ice or a cold compress on the outside of your mouth that is experiencing tooth pain.
Hydrogen Peroxide
A common household antiseptic, hydrogen peroxide can be diluted or used by itself. Simply gargle and swish it around the tooth and spit.
This remedy has been used since teeth and alcohol were around. Swishing alcohol like whiskey, scotch, vodka, and brandy will kill the germs and help to numb the area around the pained tooth. We do not recommend this method for patients under the age of 21 under any circumstances.

man suffering from tooth pain


10 Common Reasons for Tooth Pain 

Tooth Decay
The most common reason for a dental pain is tooth decay. If your tooth and surrounding area hurts, the decay in the tooth will have reached the inner layer of your tooth – the nerve. Once your nerve is damaged your tooth will become sensitive. If the pain is less of an ache and more of a sharp pain, the tooth decay may have reached the center of the tooth. This pain is very intense and makes it difficult to continue with daily life.
Tooth Abscess
When tooth decay advances to the point of affecting the root there is a good chance that the root and the surrounding area are infected. This pain is a widespread pulsating tooth pain that may make it hard to even determine which tooth is infected. A tooth abscess is very serious and needs to be addressed as soon as possible. If left untreated it can result in bone and tissue loss, which is never fun.
Gum Disease
A dull pain in the mouth, red, bleeding gums, and sometimes tooth pain, can be an indication of gum disease. The most common cause is the have become inflamed. Left untreated, teeth, gums, and bones can be damaged or lost. In extreme cases, surgical measures are taken to rid the mouth of infection.
Tooth Fractures
If you have fractured your tooth you may not know it until the pain starts. If you’ve experienced a significant blow to the mouth while playing a contact sport or any other activity, it’s possible a tooth was fractured. If the fracture makes its way to the middle of the tooth where the nerve endings are it will result in terrible tooth pain.
Temperature Sensitivity
Sharp pain during, or very soon after, eating or drinking something that is cold or hot, is associated with tooth sensitivity. This can result from gum recession, worn enamel, as well as recent teeth whitening.
Damaged Fillings or Dental Sealants
Dental fillings often cover deep pits, grooves, or fractures in teeth protecting vulnerable parts of your teeth. When these protectors are damaged. Bacteria can make their way over time in between the filling and the tooth thus loosening the attachment over time. This can result in pain that is a dull ache or even a sharp piercing sensation.
Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a very common reason for jaw, neck, muscle, and tooth pain. Grinding usually occurs while you’re asleep or in a stressful situation. The result is sore jaw bones, headaches, and even cracked or chipped teeth.
Improper Brushing or Flossing
A lot of the time people do not pay attention to the pressure they are using when they brush and floss. Most of the time people improperly brush and floss their teeth. . Brushing improperly over the course of several months can lead to irritated, inflamed and bleeding gums. Above all this is the most common type of problem.
Misaligned Teeth or Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Misaligned teeth that are pressing against each other can result in tooth pain. Impacted wisdom teeth, or wisdom teeth that have failed to break through the gum line can be extremely painful as they push against other teeth.
Orthodontic Alignment
Braces, retainers, and other dental alignment systems are often times cause for sensitive and aching teeth. The pain is usually noticeable right after adjustments that tighten or move teeth, but usually go away after a short time. If the pain persists, make sure to talk to Dr. Hemphill.

What Our Patients Say

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    West Hill Family Dental has been serving my entire family for 10 years. They have always been great and treat us like family. I will continue to use them because of the high level of care and comfortable atmosphere.
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    Today was my first visit with West Hill Family dental. The staff was awesome! So warm and welcoming! I felt at home the moment I walked in the door. Melissa (hygienist) was awesome and very sweet. Dr. Hemphill was very personable. I am a nervous Nelly with the dentist but they really helped me feel comfortable.
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    "Going to the Dentist," isn't something most folks look forward to. Fortunately, the Team at West Hill Family Dental makes that experience an enjoyable event with a friendly, thoughtful and genuinely concerned approach to both routine care and one-off emergencies. The atmosphere is relaxed and positive; everything from scheduling to changes is accommodated with little fuss and a genuine enthusiasm to see you at the next opportunity. And the overall quality of care, execution and attention to customer needs are unmatched by most practices, and certainly by the cookie-cutter pop-ups that abound elsewhere. Highly recommended, family-oriented and very professional in every aspect of care and delivery - they're definitely on the list of recommendations to new residents and neighbors!
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    In the past I have had bad experiences with dentist and I have switch many times and I think I have finally found my forever home. Kim and Monica at the front desk are amazing they make sure that if you have any concerns, they will accommodate you in any way they can. They also socialize with you which makes visiting the dentist feel like visiting family. This is by far the best dentist I've ever been to and would recommend them to anyone.
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    Dr.Robert Hemphill and his staff are so friendly.I was very nervous to get my treatment done,doctor made me understand and kept me calm.I always walk out happy, feeling I have seen the BEST doctor who took care of my dental treatment.Kinga the dental assistant is so kind and helpful,Kim such a lovely person always smiling and happy,Monica is superb too, she calls and double confirms the appointment so that I don’t forget. Thank you once again.
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What West Hill Family Dental Patients Say


Based on 26 reviews

Loved the doctor & excellent staff! Extremely welcoming. When you walk in you are always greeted with a smile, and the office is very clean and up to date. One of the best dental experiences I have had and I will definitely come back!


Dr. Hemphill really cares about his patients and the staff make you feel so welcome and comfortable. Great choice for a dental practice.

Vicki P.

I do not dread going to the dentist any more, even if I need something more than a cleaning. They are great people, always upbeat, always honest, and very accommodating. I love my visits and appreciate their expertise and care!

Carolyn M.

Great office, very welcoming I was treated like a member of the family. My small problems were taken care of fast and comfortably

Sandy K.

Dr Hemphill and his team are amazing. As a dental provider myself I can't recommend them enough to anyone looking for a great general dentist with a wonderful staff!

Adam C.

Great service and great people. I used to hate going to the Dentist. Very nice and courteous dental staff. Helpful front desk staff who can figure out your dental plan and give you an actual price.

Brandon Z.

Today was my first visit with West Hill Family dental. The staff was awesome! So warm and welcoming! I felt at home the moment I walked in the door. Melissa (hygienist) was awesome and very sweet. Dr. Hemphill was very personable. I am a nervous Nelly with the dentist but they really helped me feel comfortable.

Nicole R.

Great experience getting my first crown. Dr.Hemphill and team are gentle and made everything painless! Definitely would recommend anyone who is looking for a dentist.

Tia L.

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Dr.Robert Hemphill and his staff are so friendly.I was very nervous to get my treatment done,doctor made me understand and kept me calm.I always walk out happy, feeling I have seen the BEST doctor who took care of my dental treatment.Kinga the dental assistant is so kind and helpful,Kim such a lovely person always smiling and happy,Monica is superb too, she calls and double confirms the appointment so that I don’t forget. Thank you once again.

Savi S.

This is the best dentist office I have ever been too. They are extremely professional, knowledgeable and they truly care about you. Melissa, the hygienist is amazing and Dr. Hemphill always goes above and beyond. The staff at the front desk make you feel right at home and you always receive exceptional customer service. I highly recommend West Hill Family Dental.

Michele M.

The entire staff at West Hill Family Dental is extremely friendly and personable. The hygienists make you feel comfortable and the dentists are thorough yet efficient. I have been going there for 5 years and have never had a negative experience or felt as if they were trying to push dental work I did not need. I would highly recommend West Hill Family Dental to anyone looking for a dentist.

Marco A.

I am a very anxious person who was petrified to go to the dentist but had too because I had pain. The staff was amazing and Dr. Hemphill is obviously extremely skilled and his people skills are second to none. I had a root canal where I felt no pain and I am typing this just 4 hours after my procedure and I feel relief and no pain at all. WOW- if anyone is hesitant as a first time patient don't be. You are welcomed as a part of the family practice and I have no anxiety about my next visit. I have a lot of work to be done but know now there is no better place to go than West Hill. I am so glad I found them.

Steve B.

I am from out of town visiting family in Connecticut this weekend and I had a terrible toothache and didn't know where to turn. Obviously my family dentist is a few hundred miles away and It was a Saturday morning. I asked my uncle who I should call for help. They told me their dentist, Dr. Hemphill, has an emergency number I should I did. Dr. Hemphill was kind enough to drive in and assess the situation. I am out of pain and enjoying the rest of my weekend with my family. Thank you Dr. Hemphill. I can't thank you enough for all your time and help with this tooth situation.

Parag D.

They made changing dentists after 32 years extremely easy, very friendly, and informative, they make you feel welcome as soon as you walk in the door!

Ashley B.

The best dentist ever! Love the water pick! The dental hygienists are wonderful and Dr. Hemphill is a pro at his job. Even makes getting novocaine easy! Even my children enjoy getting their teeth cleaned here.


Always a good experience! Everyone is extremely nice and professional!

Joann H.

Just switched my kids to them and they wonderful!! GREAT staff, from front desk to the hygienist to the dentist himself! I am very picky when it comes to this stuff but You know you have the right one when you're kids ASK when they can go back to the dentist! I'd recommend them to anyone!!

Briana B.

As someone who has never been a fan of the dentist, I can honestly say this experience was comforting and painless! I was greeted with a smile at the front desk and exceptional patient care from the hygienist, to the assistant, to Dr. Hemphill himself. Dr. Hemphill walked me through, step by step, explaining what he was doing as his assistant and hygienist comforted me along the way! The entire staff was extremely friendly and personable!

Autumn S.

Best dental practice in CT... I recommend all my family and friends here... Wonderful, friendly staff... Look at our pearly whites...

Melissa F.

Dr Hemphill is easily the best dentist I've ever had. All of the staff are very friendly and caring. If your looking for a dentist in this area pick these people! You wont regret it.

Ashley C.

Dr Hemphill is simply the best! He and his staff are the nicest, kindest, most sincere people I have come across in a long time. He really stepped up to the plate when I had an emergency situation. He came in and opened his doors to me on his day off and not only saved me from a lot of pain and misery but he also saved my tooth!

Scott K.

Dr. Hemphill, or as I like to call him "Dr. H", makes going to the dentist stress free and actually a FUN and comfortable experience. He's a fantastic doctor and a great guy who really cares about his patients. The office is clean and the staff is friendly. They take my insurance and make everything totally affordable. I'm so glad I found Dr. Hemphill!

Shannon R.

Dr.Hemphill and the staff at the West Hill Family Dental showed great caring and understanding during a year long multiple visits required by my difficult dental situation. Dr. Hemphill worked with me to find the best possible plan forward. Changing of the multiple old crowns involved restoring of the decay damaged teeth, performing root canals and building up of the teeth core. With the help of a friendly dental assistant Kinga teeth were repaired and old crowns replaced by the new ones. Vicky always tried to find the best financial plan for the dental services and accommodate my busy schedule when making future appointments. Melissa and Tina did a great job on teeth cleaning. The West Hill Family Dental is a dental office where patients will find professional service while being treated with understanding and as a part of a family.

Bojana N.

Great service, flexible appointments, friendly staff and we are happy so far.

Ram P.

Really great dentist. Been a patient of his since he went into private practice and liked him so much that when he moved his office from Glastonbury to Rocky Hill, my whole family followed him. Not only is he an excellent dentist, the staff is great and appointments are on time. I can't think of enough nice things to say about him.

Mike R.

Great dentist for me and my children!

Zachary M.

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