Dental pain is something that will plague all of us at some point during our lifetime. However, if you experience persistent bouts of toothache or a period of pain that lasts longer than 48 hours and isn’t relieved using over the counter analgesics, it is advisable to visit a dentist. Not only is it important to get your discomfort under control so that you can use your mouth and teeth day-to-day, but it is essential to discover and treat the cause of your pain so that it doesn’t cause further problems in the future.
Our experienced and dedicated dental care team have come across every type of toothache imaginable. Whether you are in acute agony or suffering from a chronic ache that is affecting your ability to function each day, we can help. In the meantime, here is what you need to know about toothache and what can be done to alleviate your pain.
There can be a variety of different things that can cause someone to experience a toothache. Some of the most common triggers include the following:
- Dental decay
- A loose or broken filling
- A lost filling (this is because the sensitive inner layers of the tooth are exposed)
- A dental abscess
- A cracked or damaged tooth
- A damaged dental device (a bridge, denture or braces)
- An infection in the tooth or in the gum around the tooth
To discover exactly what is causing your toothache, we will talk to you about your medical history and conduct a physical examination of your mouth and teeth. There may be obvious damage that enables us to make a fairly quick diagnosis. However, in some cases, it may be necessary for us to carry out some further assessments, such as x-rays, to determine the cause of your toothache.
The type of treatment that we recommend for your toothache will depend on what is causing it and will be explained to you when we make the diagnosis. For example, if you have a loose or missing filling, replacing it with a new restoration is usually sufficient to stop the dental pain. If you have excessive decay or a broken tooth, you may need a crown to protect the tooth after the decay has been removed or hold it together. Meanwhile, root canal and antibiotics are common treatments for teeth that are infected. In some cases, it may be necessary for us to provide a temporary solution to stop your discomfort, while a permanent solution is prepared – such as when a patient requires a dental crown.
You shouldn’t delay in contacting our dental team if you experience a toothache that is accompanied by any of the following symptoms:
- A high temperature
- Pain when you bite down
- Red gums
- A bad taste in your mouth
- A swollen cheek or jaw
- You are unable to open your mouth wide
- You cannot eat or drink without severe pain
If you have been experiencing a toothache, don’t suffer for a moment longer. Please contact our compassionate and knowledgeable dental team by calling our Staten Island, NY clinic on (718) 285-7388 today.