Toothache

How do I know if my toothache is serious?

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Toothache is always uncomfortable. While very mild toothaches may go away after a day or so, painful or prolonged toothaches should always be taken seriously.

You’ve made a dentist appointment, and it can’t come soon enough. Meanwhile, it can help to rinse your mouth with warm water, floss to remove food caught between teeth, and take an over-the-counter pain reliever. If you notice swelling or pus around the tooth, or if you have a fever, that could be a sign that you have an abscess, a more severe problem. See your dentist as soon as possible. You may need antibiotics as well as other treatments.

A toothache is generally a symptom of inflammation in the tooth most commonly caused by a cavity. However, pain can also be a symptom of gum disease or infection.

Toothache symptoms:

  • Constant sharp or dull pain
  • Painful, swollen gums
  • Fever or headache
  • Pain under pressure from things like chewing
  • Bad taste in the mouth as a result of infection

Toothache underlying causes and remedies.

Typically, the pain won’t go away on its own, and its underlying cause must be treated in order to feel relief. If you’re experiencing a toothache, call us for an appointment immediately.

  • Cavities
  • Infected gums
  • Abscessed tooth
  • Exposed tooth root
  • Bruxism
  • Damaged crowns or fillings
  • Chipped, broken, or fractured tooth
  • Wisdom tooth pain

If you are experiencing a toothache, one of our dentists will work closely with you to discover the root cause of your toothache. Since the only way to treat a toothache is to treat its cause, it is imperative that the root cause is discovered. Your dentist will then develop a personalized comprehensive treatment plan to ensure that you receive the high-quality dental care that you deserve.

How to treat a toothache until you can visit your dentist:

  • Ibuprofen or Advil
    • Don’t stop once you feel relief; you need to consistently reduce the inflammation.
  • Keep your head elevated
  • If your gums are sore, use a salt rinse

If you have a toothache, don’t wait any longer to get relief. Call our office today to schedule your appointment!

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