Toothaches generally refer to the pain in a tooth, around the tooth or jaws primarily as a result of a dental condition. In some instances, toothaches are caused by common problems, such as a cavity, a cracked or broken tooth, an exposed tooth root, or infections and gum disease and even a damaged filling. Other disorders in the jaw can also cause pain that is referred to as “toothache.” The severity of a toothache can range from chronic and mild to sharp and throbbing. The pain may be aggravated by chewing or by cold or heat. A thorough examination by our office, which includes dental X-rays, can help determine whether the toothache is coming from a tooth or jaw problem and the cause. If you are experiencing a toothache and it persist for 1 to 2 days, you need to come in and see us as soon as possible.
A common mistake people make when experiencing tooth pain is just putting some numbing medicine on it and then trying to forget about it. These medicines only mask the pain and do not treat the source. That is why it is imperative to find out the cause and get the pain treated. Something serious could be at work and could create unnecessary damage and higher cost to you. Call us if you have a toothache and let us help get you out of pain.