These days, toothaches aren’t the same as they were, say, 30 years ago. Then, you’d hear of people putting a string around a hurting tooth or trying other ways to pull it out. Problem is, then your tooth is gone. And that’s not usually necessary.
At the Doctors of Dental Medicine, we offer emergency availability for severe toothaches. If your toothache is severe, has lasted longer than one or two days, is accompanied by fever, earache, or other pain, then we probably need to see you right away.
What causes a toothache?
A toothache can be caused by a variety of factors. The tooth may be decayed, have an abscess, or be fractured. A filling may be damaged. Your gums in the surrounding area may be infected.
Symptoms to watch for:
- Sharp, throbbing, or constant pain, or severe pain when pressure is applied to the tooth.
- Swelling around the tooth
- Fever or enduring headaches
- Foul-tasting and smelling drainage from the tooth
We tailor our treatment to the cause of your pain. Often toothaches are the result of decay in a tooth. If the decay isn’t too prevalent we can simply clean it out and place a filling in the tooth. If the decay is such that it has lead to serious decay and an infection in the tooth, we can either perform a root canal, or, if the tooth is too far gone, an extraction.
Obviously, the best way to prevent ever having a serious toothache is to practice good home hygiene, brushing twice a day and flossing. Also, seeing us twice a year for cleanings and checkups is important to head off any problems before they become severe.
If you’re feeling the pain of a serious toothache, call us for help, 732-329-3113.