If you are suffering from a toothache, our dentists can treat the cause of the sore tooth and alleviate your pain at our Tempe, AZ, office. The symptoms and causes of a toothache can vary from patient to patient. Some suffer extreme pain while for others, the pain may come and go. A toothache is often a signal that something is wrong, so your symptoms should not be ignored. At Value Dental Centers Tempe, we can perform a thorough exam to determine the cause of pain. If your toothache is causing you severe pain, we always have a dentist on call for emergency treatments, even after-hours.
Symptoms and Potential Causes of a Toothache
Pain from a toothache typically varies depending on the cause of the pain. Symptoms of a toothache may include any of the following:
- Constant sharp or throbbing pain, or pain that comes and goes
- Pain in a specific tooth when you bite down or apply pressure
- Swollen and/or discolored gums around the sore tooth
- A fever or headache
- A bad taste in the mouth
A toothache may be the result of a variety of underlying causes. In some cases, the cause may be less severe and does not require immediate treatment. In other cases, it may be considered a dental emergency. Some common causes of a toothache include:
- Tooth decay
- An infected tooth or gums
- A damaged crown or filling
- A fractured tooth
- An abscessed tooth
Treatment for a Toothache
There are a wide range of treatments that may be utilized to address a toothache, depending on the underlying cause. If the toothache is due to a damaged crown or filling, we can repair or replace these restorations. If there is an infection or internal damage, we may perform root canal therapy, which can eliminate the infection and any damaged areas of the tooth. We can then repair your tooth with a filling or crown.
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums, which can also cause toothaches. If gum disease is the cause, we can perform a deep cleaning known as scaling and root planing. Combined with an antibiotic, this treatment can eliminate the infection-causing bacteria and the pain associated with the condition.
An abscess is an infection at the root of the tooth, typically caused by advanced tooth decay and dental trauma. If a toothache is the result of an abscess, it is frequently accompanied by a headache, fever, bad breath, a foul taste in the mouth, and swelling in the gums, jaw, and glands in the neck. An abscess is dangerous because it can kill the pulp in the tooth root, eliminating the toothache. However, the infection is still present and can continue to spread. An abscessed tooth is a serious and potentially life-threating condition if left untreated.
Difference Between Toothaches and Tooth Sensitivity
A toothache is often characterized by sharp or throbbing pain in a single tooth. A sore tooth is most commonly the result of tooth decay or an infection. Tooth sensitivity, however, usually produces a dull or sharp ache in several teeth, particularly when consuming hot or cold food and beverages. Sensitivity is typically the result of eroded enamel from acidic foods, over-brushing, or bruxism. Treatment is required to address both the sensitivity itself and the underlying cause.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you have a toothache that doesn’t subside with over-the-counter pain medication and lasts more than a day or two, contact Value Dental Centers as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.