Tooth pain is annoying at best and dangerous at worst, but it’s important to understand what might be causing your discomfort. Your best bet is to schedule an appointment with a dentist right away so that your situation does not get worse.
Causes of Tooth Pain
There are several reasons why your tooth may hurt, but a few common reasons can include:
- An abscessed tooth
- A fractured tooth
- Tooth decay
- Infected gums
- Repetitive motions such as grinding, chewing, or clenching your jaw
- Damaged fillings
Symptoms of a toothache may include pain that is sharp, throbbing or constant. In some, pain may occur only when pressure is applied. Other symptoms include swelling around the tooth, headache or fever, and foul-tasting drainage from the tooth.
When to See a Dentist
If you have any dental concerns, you should go ahead and schedule an appointment. If you have a toothache that lasts longer than two days, your toothache is severe, you have a fever or an earache, or if you have pain when you open your mouth wide, then don’t wait.
What Happens While at the Dentist
When you schedule an appointment for a toothache we will first go over your medical history and do an oral exam. We will then examine your mouth, teeth, ears, neck, and throat and may also take X-rays if necessary. You will then be treated according to your individual problem. You might need a filling or a root canal, but treatment varies widely depending on your unique situation.
How We Can Help
Tooth problems can be prevented through regular oral health maintenance such as brushing, flossing and using mouthwash. However, we understand that even the best intentions can still result in a toothache. That’s why we’re here! At Pace Dental, we want to make sure you walk away pain-free, with healthy gums and teeth. If you have tooth pain, call us today to make an appointment.