A toothache is a pain in or around a tooth and can be caused by tooth decay, fracture of a tooth, infection, a damaged filling, an abscessed tooth or infected gums. Toothaches can also be caused by repetitive motions like chewing or grinding of the teeth. Pain caused by a toothache can be sharp, throbbing, or constant. Other symptoms seen with toothaches are fever, headache, swelling around the tooth or drainage from an infected tooth. If you are experiencing the pain associated with a toothache call Grace Dental to schedule an exam. Our office is located in the Fountains Plaza in Palm Harbor, Florida.
Should I see my dentist for a toothache?
You should consult with your dentist if you have a toothache especially one that persists for several days or if the toothache is severe. You should also consult your dentist if you have an earache, fever, restricted jaw movement or pain when opening your mouth wide.
A toothache can be an indication of an infection and it is important to quickly treat infection to prevent it from spreading to other areas of the body.
Treatment for a toothache depends on the cause of the toothache. Your dentist will conduct an examination to determine the cause of the toothache and perform treatment accordingly.
Most toothaches are the result of tooth decay or gum infection and can be prevented by following good oral hygiene routines and by seeing your dentist at least twice a year for professional cleaning. Your dentist may recommend professional dental cleanings more than twice a year depending on the health of your teeth. Regular dental visits are important for good oral health. Call Grace Dental today to schedule an exam and professional cleaning.