A toothache is rarely convenient. Sometimes you get busy with work or family and put off treatment. Or perhaps you’re hoping that your toothache is a “one-off” that will heal itself and go away on its own. We’re here to tell you that if you’re experiencing dental pain or discomfort, don’t ignore it. Your tooth is telling you that it’s time to get to the dentist right away. Here’s what to know.
There are several things that might cause a toothache. They include:
You might have some idea about the cause of your toothache based on your own dental history and lifestyle. But booking a consultation with your dentist will help you get to the root of the pain – and quickly come up with a treatment plan.
How quickly you need to act depends on your situation and the degree of pain you’re experiencing. Mild discomfort when eating cold foods is a different situation than if you’ve broken a tooth or are experiencing significant, throbbing pain.
Signs that your situation is an emergency and should be treated immediately are:
If in doubt, call your dentist and let them guide you on when to come in.
A toothache generally isn’t something that just “goes away.” In fact, ignoring a toothache can result in the pain and infection spreading. Sometimes, an untreated infection can cause sepsis, a life-threatening condition. Additionally, generally, the longer you wait to treat a toothache, the more challenging – and expensive – treatment can be.
Even minor tooth discomfort or sensitivity is a sign that an intervention is required. For example, sensitivity to hot or cold can mean that your gums have receded and that the root of your tooth is exposed. Your dentist might simply recommend toothpaste for sensitive teeth – but will know to monitor your gum health closely for future problems.
Don’t ignore a toothache. If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort, call the team at Optimal Dental today to quickly identify the issue. Of course, routine check-ups are the best way to prevent toothache in the first place, so if it’s time to book your exam, get in touch today!