Toothaches

Smile Loft Branch Ave

General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Camp Springs, MD

Many conditions may cause your teeth to ache. While most problems are minor, some may require prompt dental attention before they develop into a more serious issue that could lead to tooth loss or worse (i.e., infection and swelling). The dental care experts at Smile Loft Branch Ave. in Camp Springs, Maryland, can diagnose and address the problem behind your aching teeth. Call or click today to make an appointment.

Toothaches Q & A

What are the most common causes of a toothache?

A toothache isn’t a single type of pain originating from one particular problem, and just as there are many types of pain sensation, so are there many sources for that pain. Aches can be nagging but manageable. However, tooth pain can be quite extreme also, if the tooth becomes infected and inflamed.

Tooth decay is one of the most common causes of tooth pain. By the time it reaches the root canal, you may feel extreme pain because bacteria from the decay aggravates the nerve. This may also be an issue if a tooth breaks or cracks. If this happens, urgent dental care is necessary.

Other common causes for toothache and dental pain include:

  • Abscesses
  • Gum disease
  • Filling failure or damage
  • Bruxism, or teeth grinding
  • Impacted wisdom teeth or another misalignment
  • Side effect of orthodontic treatment

What symptoms accompany a toothache?

The pain from a toothache has an extensive range. It may be a mild ache, sometimes with a throbbing component. Pain may only be present when you bite down or apply pressure to your gums. Other times, the pain may be sharp and constant.

You may feel swelling in your gums near the aching tooth. Pain can quickly spread and cause your head, ear, and jaw to hurt also. Call Smile Loft Branch Ave. immediately if you have an accompanying headache, earache, or if pain occurs when you open your jaw or if your toothache lasts longer than a day or two.

How are toothaches treated?

Relieving the toothache requires treating its underlying cause. Because most aches stem from tooth decay, you may find your ache is gone after you receive a filling. In the case of advanced decay or damage affecting the pulp at the heart of your tooth, a root canal procedure may be necessary.

Practicing good oral hygiene at home as well as maintaining regular dental checkups should keep your toothaches to a minimum. Discuss any tooth pain, even problems such as bruxism (grinding), with your health care provider at Smile Loft Branch Ave., so they can explain all treatment options with you.