A toothache isn’t something that you just have to accept, because for every type of toothache that there is, there is usually a treatment that can bring you great relief. The key thing is to discover exactly what is causing the toothache itself, so then your dentist can get to work on helping you.
For some people, gum disease will be the culprit, whereas for others they may have a cavity or a cracked tooth. Whatever it is, your dentist will be able to help you but the longer that you ignore the pain, the more work that they will probably have to do in order to heal you.
Identifying A Toothache
If you think that you are suffering from toothache, then you should look out for the following signs:
- Constant pain, often when pressure is applied to the area that is sore
- Swelling of the face around the area of the gum and tooth
- Increase in temperature of your body, showing you area fighting an infection
- Saliva that tastes bad, and you cannot understand why
Some people will have all of these symptoms, and some will just have a few, but no matter what the sort of pain is that you are feeling, you should definitely see a dentist. You do not have to live in pain.
If your pain is extreme you may feel as though you would like to go to an emergency room, which is why you should organize an appointment with your dentist as soon as you notice that you have significant pain. As you wait for your appointment, normal over-the-counter pain medication should be enough to help you to continue daily life – as long as you don’t exceed the maximum dosage.
What can cause a toothache?
Cavities are the usual culprits when it comes to toothache, but there are many other slightly less likely causes, such as cracked teeth, an abscess, or even a filling that has gone bad. Some people will even develop toothache from grinding their teeth too often or other repetitive motions, which is why we always recommend that you speak to your dentist as soon as you feel pain.
Does every toothache require a visit to the dentist?
If you have developed pain from a repetitive movement then it is possible that it will disappear without any treatment, but if your toothache is caused by any other reason, then you will have to see a dentist so that they will be able to help you. The very worst that can happen is that they tell you it is not too serious!
What will the dentist do about my toothache?
Dentists do not often have to do anything complicated in order to bring relief from toothache – most of the time it is just a filling that is required, although in some more extreme cases you may require a root canal or even an extraction. Many patients are also given antibiotics so that their body can fight any potential infection. Your dentist will use an x-ray to better understand exactly what is causing your toothache, and there may be a few other tests as well to make absolute sure. The important thing is to treat both the toothache itself and the actual cause.
Can a toothache be prevented?
No dentist can promise you that you will never suffer a toothache in your life, but you can greatly diminish the odds by ensuring that you treat your teeth to excellent dental care, and visit your dentist regularly so that they can keep an eye on them. Brushing daily with a toothpaste that does not include fluoride and flossing every day will do wonders, as will rinsing out your mouth with water that has been infused with ozone so that any bacteria lurking in your mouth that could cause a toothache is destroyed.
Pain and discomfort can easily be avoided if you come in to see your dentist regularly.
Call (619) 640-5100 to have Dr. Paige Woods, DDS help you with your toothache