There are few things as nagging and uncomfortable as a toothache. Whether your pain is sharp and stabbing or dull and throbbing, a constant toothache can make everyday tasks seem far more difficult.
In addition to being uncomfortable, a persistent toothache is often a sign of a more serious problem that needs to be addressed, especially if you are experiencing additional symptoms.
If you have a toothache that won’t go away, especially if it’s accompanied by swelling, fever or headache, or foul-tasting drainage, call Blankenship Family Dentistry right away at 770-766-8995.
Causes of Tooth Pain
It can be difficult to determine the exact cause of a toothache without first making a trip to the dentist. But the following factors have been known to cause tooth pain and discomfort:
- Tooth decay
- Abscessed tooth
- Tooth fracture
- Damaged filling
- Teeth grinding
- Infected gums
How Your Dentist Diagnoses the Cause of Your Toothache
When you first come to our office for a toothache, we will go over your medical history and examine your teeth and gums. We will then ask you questions about your pain to help us determine what the cause of your pain could be. Using the information you give us and the findings of the examination, we will diagnose the issue. If necessary, we will take X-rays.
Treatment for A Toothache
How a toothache is treated depends on what is causing the pain in the first place. If the toothache is the result of a cavity, we can treat the cavity by removing the decay and filling it. If necessary, the tooth will be extracted.
If decay is severe but the tooth is worth saving, a root canal may be the right treatment. For fever or swelling of the jaw, we may prescribe an antibiotic to effectively treat and heal the infection.
Regardless of which treatment we perform, we will make sure you are completely comfortable. The goal is to relieve your pain so you can leave our office feeling much better.
How to Prevent Future Toothaches
There are steps you can take to help prevent future toothaches and keep your mouth healthy. Since most toothaches are caused by tooth decay, practicing good oral hygiene is essential. A proper oral hygiene routine consists of brushing your teeth at least twice a day with toothpaste that contains fluoride, as well as flossing once a day and rinsing once or twice a day with an antiseptic mouthwash.
To prevent doing unnecessary harm to your teeth, limit the amount of sugar and starches you eat and try to drink more water and fewer soft drinks.
You should also see your dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning. At Blankenship Family Dentistry, we like to see our patients once every six months unless there is a problem that needs to be addressed.