Let’s make one thing absolutely clear: a toothache isn’t one of those little aches or pains you just have to live with. It means something is wrong, and the pain will go away once the problem is resolved. For every type of toothache, there’s a toothache diagnosis and treatment. And at Brighton Dental here in San Diego, we have an experienced team and the best equipment for diagnosing and treating toothaches.
The most likely cause of a toothache is simply a cavity, and in many cases all you need is a filling to solve that problem. In some cases, you may need an inlay, crown or other restoration if the problem is particularly large or deep. For many kinds of cavities, the toothache diagnosis is quick and the resolution can be handled in a single visit.
A toothache can also be caused by gum disease. This can be a bit more difficult to treat, but solutions are available to stop the progression of the disease. Then, treatments are available to restore lost gum tissue, restore teeth damaged by gum disease and put an end to the pain.
A toothache may also be the result of a cracked tooth, which can often be restored with a crown. Dr. Woods and the dental team here at Brighton Dental can determine the cause of your toothache – often very quickly – and arrange a quick resolution too. So please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have tooth pain. The longer you wait, the more extensive the treatment will have to be to resolve it.
The Hallmarks Of A Toothache
If you’re hurting, you probably don’t need a definition of a toothache. But not all mouth pain is a toothache. You can confidently call your issue a toothache if:
• You have a sharp, throbbing or constant pain that happens mostly when pressure is applied.
• You have swelling of the gums around the tooth or of the face near the tooth.
• Your body temperature is elevated, even slightly.
• You experience bad-tasting drainage from the tooth.
Even if your mouth pain doesn’t qualify as a toothache, we can still help. Whatever is wrong with your teeth, gums and mouth, we’re the experienced experts who can locate the issue and propose a solution to you.
Dealing With A Toothache At Home
Not every toothache requires an emergency visit to the dentist – and you certainly don’t need to visit a hospital or emergency room in most cases – but you need to arrange to see Dr. Woods as soon as possible. Temporarily reducing or eliminating the pain may be as simple as taking an over-the-counter pain reliever like Advil, Motrin or Tylenol. Just don’t take more the recommended dose.
Usually, a toothache won’t go away without treatment. If the pain is from TMD or another mouth or jaw condition, the pain may lessen over time on its own. But pain from decay, abscess or disease will only get worse until it’s dealt with. A good rule of thumb is to visit Dr. Woods if a toothache – even a minor one – last for more than 2 days or also involves an earache or other facial pain. If there’s a fever or you have trouble opening your mouth all the way, you need to get treatment as soon as possible.
And don’t feel like you’ve done something wrong if you get a toothache. Some kinds of toothaches aren’t preventable, but every dental pain is treatable. Once the problem at hand is solved, we’ll talk with you about ways to potentially prevent more problems.
To learn more, visit our Toothache Diagnosis page – or schedule an appointment now.