When you’re exercising, a little pain is good. But when it comes to your mouth, a toothache can indicate a serious problem. If you’re one of the many people in Atlanta suffering from a toothache, don’t put off seeing your dentist.
When to see your dentist
A toothache can be a warning of a more serious issue, and by addressing the problem early, the solution will likely be less painful and easier on your wallet.
Don’t ignore the pain. Visit your dentist if the toothache lasts more than a day or two, or if it’s accompanied by a fever, earache or pain when opening the mouth wide.
Causes of toothache
The most common causes of toothache are:
- Decay or abscess
- Gum recession, which can expose the nerve
- A damaged filling
- Worn teeth from daily activities of chewing or grinding
Treatments for toothache
- If your toothache is caused by tooth decay, your dentist will need to fill the cavity or extract it, if the decay has weakened the structure of the tooth, and replace it with a crown or implant.
- If infection has entered the tooth’s nerve, then a root canal might be necessary.
- In cases where gum recession is causing the toothache, you might simply need a desensitizing agent such as special toothpaste or regular fluoride rinses.
We know that many people put off dental treatment because of anxiety. Basically, the pain of the disease (your toothache) might seem preferable than what you imagine would be the pain of treatment.
Our gentle dentists go out of our way to make sure you experience little to no pain during your visits with us. Our skilled, efficient dentists and hygienists take great care to use the least-invasive techniques possible. We also use safe, effective sedation dentistry to completely erase any anxiety you might feel.
Remember, most toothaches won’t go away on their own, and they could point to a serious underlying cause, so don’t put off seeing your dentist. If you are in the area, contact our Atlanta dentists today to schedule your appointment and we’ll take care of your toothache right away!