A toothache is a common dental emergency and should not be taken lightly. Toothaches can begin as a mild discomfort and progress rather quickly and severely. Thus, immediate dental care is highly recommended.
What causes a toothache?
Well, there is a hollow space in the middle of each tooth that holds the tooth’s nerve. A toothache typically stems from the tooth’s nerve becoming inflamed. The nerve can become inflamed from many different causes: a large cavity, a broken or displaced filling, a fractured tooth, too much biting force on a tooth, or a traumatic blow. The pain can present in a wide range of forms, from sporadic discomfort to lingering severe pain. Also, the pain can have various triggers: cold water, hot water, chewing, speaking. Also, some people have pain that even keeps them up at night.
What can relieve a toothache?
Every situation is different, but these are common treatments:
Dental filling:If the tooth has a cavity from dental caries, a dental filling may be needed.
Root canal: If the tooth’s nerve is inflamed and causing pain, a root canal is sometimes needed. During a root canal procedure, the nerve of the tooth is removed and the internal space holding the nerve is disinfected and filled with a biocompatible dental material.
Reduce the biting force on a tooth: In some situations, a toothache may be due to excessive force on a tooth during chewing. Your dentist may adjust your bite and slightly reduce the tooth’s height. As a result, the biting force would be reduced on that tooth and dispersed evenly throughout the mouth.
Dental extraction: In some situations, the tooth may be severely broken down or fractured, and the tooth may not be able to be saved. In this case, the tooth may need to be extracted, and your dentist would discuss the options to replace the tooth (like a dental implant or dental bridge).
What else mimics a toothache?
Actually, some people experience symptoms that closely resemble a toothache but stem from other sources, like a sinus infection. In this situation, your dentist may take an x-ray to check if a sinus infection is present.
About our office and emergency dental care:
At Lissauer Dental, we truly understand the pain you are experiencing during your dental emergency. We will bend over backwards to accommodate you if you need immediate care. Our office policy to see patients with dental emergencies the day that we are called, even if you are new to our practice. So, please do not hesitate to call, and we will be here for you.