For many people, the development of a toothache is the signal they should visit the dentist. However, in order to maintain your oral health, you should see the dentist on a regular basis. If a tooth does become uncomfortable, you should schedule an appointment promptly.
Symptoms of Toothache
The most obvious symptom of a toothache is discomfort in the tooth itself. Some other symptoms, though, could indicate there’s a problem with your tooth, so you should keep a lookout for them, as well. These symptoms include:
- Persistent sensitivity
- Swelling around the tooth
- A bad taste in the mouth that doesn’t go away
These symptoms could indicate a cavity in the tooth or gum disease developing around it. Both of these conditions should be tended to by your dentist as soon as possible. If they’re treated while they’re still relatively non-serious, the treatment will be easier.
Sensitivity to cold and pressure are relatively common—especially sensitivity to cold—and might not be an indication that decay or gum disease is present. However, if you develop a sensitivity to heat, this could indicate nerve damage in the tooth and should be evaluated promptly.
Causes of Toothache
One of the most common causes of toothache is tooth decay. However, decay doesn’t usually cause discomfort until it has progressed and become fairly serious. This is also true for gum disease—another problem that could cause discomfort in the mouth. Gum disease is also best diagnosed early. If it’s allowed to worsen, treatment becomes more difficult.
Toothache can also occur because of damage to the soft tissues in the interior of the tooth. The pulp can be damaged by trauma, infection, or severe decay. If the nerve or tooth pulp is damaged, your dentist might refer you to an endodontist for further treatment. This could involve root canal treatment, which will eliminate your discomfort.
The best way to prevent these issues is to tend to your oral health every day by brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly. Call our team at Fielder Park Dental to schedule an appointment for a cleaning today!