Toothache

Toothache in South Brunswick

Are you suffering from a toothache and live near the South Brunswick, NJ area? If your toothache is severe, has lasted longer than 1 or 2 days, or is accompanied by fever, earache, or other pain, you should make an appointment to see us right away. For dental emergencies such as these, we offer 24 hour availability, seven days a week.

What is a toothache?        

A toothache is a pain in or around a tooth, that may be caused by a decaying, abscessed, or fractured tooth, a damaged filling, infected gums, or repetitive motions such as chewing gum or grinding teeth. Symptoms of a toothache may include:

  • Tooth pain that may be sharp, throbbing, or constant, or felt only when pressure is applied to the tooth.
  • Swelling around the tooth
  • Fever or headache
  • Foul-tasting drainage from the infected tooth

What happens when you visit us for a toothache?

To treat your toothache if you live near South Brunswick, NJ, we will obtain your medical history, ask you questions about the pain, and examine your mouth, teeth, gums, jaws, tongue, throat, sinuses, ears, nose, and neck. We may also take digital X-rays to help confirm the cause of your toothache, and to identify the best treatment.

What are the treatments?

If your toothache is caused by a cavity, we can fill the cavity or, if necessary, extract the tooth. If your toothache is caused by an infection of the tooth’s nerve, a root canal might be needed. We may also prescribe an antibiotic if your toothache is accompanied by fever or swelling of the jaw.

How can toothaches be prevented?

Since most toothaches are the result of tooth decay, being rigorous about oral hygiene is the best preventive measure. Good oral hygiene practices include brushing regularly with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist twice a year for cleanings and check-ups. At Doctors of Dental Medicine, we also provide sealants and fluoride treatments, to further protect you from tooth decay and the resulting toothache.

To diagnose and treat your toothache if you live near South Brunswick, NJ, please call us at (732) 329-3113 today!