Toothache is one of the most common reasons for a visit to the dentist. Unfortunately, by the time a tooth becomes uncomfortable, the underlying cause often requires extensive treatment. While it isn’t always possible to catch problems before they progress to this stage, there are other symptoms to look out for that can help ensure you receive prompt treatment.
Causes & Symptoms Of Toothache
Toothache can occur due to several problems with the tooth, the root, the gums, or the surrounding bone tissue. Some common issues that can lead to toothache include:
- Extensive tooth decay
- Impacted tooth
- Infection in the tooth or tooth root
- Trauma or injury to the tooth
- Injury to the jawbone
- Infection in the gums
These conditions can all lead to severe discomfort that could send you to the dentist hoping for some relief. Other symptoms can also accompany these problems, some of which can give you an earlier warning that there’s an issue. You should consult with your dentist if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Gums that are swollen or bleed when you brush
- Swelling, tenderness, or redness around a tooth
- Severe sensitivity
- A persistent, unpleasant taste in the mouth
These symptoms can also be related to the same problems that can, without treatment, lead to toothache. Your dentist can diagnose the underlying problem and recommend treatment.
Treatment For Toothache
Most problems that lead to toothache can be addressed with basic family dentistry treatments. The proper treatment will depend upon the root cause of the discomfort. Severe decay might require restoration, such as a filling, or you might even need to have the tooth treated with a root canal procedure or even have it extracted. An impacted tooth will probably require oral surgery. Gum disease might need to be treated by a periodontist, depending upon how advanced it has become.
Any toothache should be brought to your dentist’s attention as soon as possible. If you have any other symptoms that could indicate there is a problem with your teeth, be sure to mention those as soon as possible.
If you’re concerned about any of the above mentioned factors, call the office of Dr. Kelli Slate to resolve any potential dental problems as soon as you can.