Toothache? Here’s What You Need To Know

Excerpt: Toothaches can be mildly annoying, or they can be so intense they can ruin your whole day...
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Toothaches can be mildly annoying, or they can be so intense they can ruin your whole day. Believe it or not, we get patients that book in complaining about having a toothache for months! If you have a toothache, you don’t want to wait more than a couple of weeks before making a dentist appointment.

What Is A Toothache?

toothache causes a person to feel pain originating from one, or more of their teeth.

What Causes A Toothache?

A toothache can have many causes, the cause can be incredibly obvious, or underlying!

Common Symptoms Of Toothaches

When a cavity forms on your tooth, it will begin to destroy the enamel. This process can make the tooth sensitive to temperature, and touch! Sometimes a cavity can form on the tooth and it won’t cause any issues, these are minor cavities. If you have a minor cavity, you may never need to even get it filled!

However, cavities will often need to get repaired, here are some complications of cavities if you don’t get them repaired.

  • Discomfort & pain
  • Fever
  • Sensitivity to hot & cold
  • Tooth loss
  • Bone loss
  • Gum disease
  • Abscess

If you notice a cavity early on and get it repaired quickly, it can save you lots of issues!

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How To Stop A Toothache?

If you have a toothache, you may not be able to fix it at home and you will have to get a dentist appointment. At the dentist appointment, your dentist will use a number of methods to diagnose and fix the issue. To diagnose the toothache, they will take x-rays, as well as physically examine their teeth.

When Is A Toothache An Emergency?

The average toothache will not be an emergency, teeth are usually pretty tough and can go through a lot of wear and tear before they began to show symptoms. However, if you are unlucky or have poor oral care, you may experience a severe toothache! Here are some ways you know it’s severe:
  • Swelling – If your jaw or face is swollen, it may mean the infection has spread.
  • Sudden severe pain – It maybe a sign the enamel has been broken through.
  • Unexplained fever – This can be a sign of a dental abscess.
If you feel like the pain you’re experiencing is severe, then you should make a dentist appointment!

What Is The Best Painkiller For A Toothache?

Sometimes over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers can help lessen the pain of a toothache. However, you need to remember that just because the pain has decreased, does not mean the problem is going away! You cannot reverse tooth decay, only a dentist can fix cavities and other severe toothache issues. 
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