Toothaches and Treatment - Arlington Heights, IL
Identifying the Causes of Toothaches
If you have a toothache, it can be almost impossible to focus on anything else but the pain, especially since they often happen at the worst times, like the middle of the night. No matter if it occurs suddenly or the discomfort has been an unresolved concern, you need an emergency dentist because it often indicates an issue brewing in your mouth. Believe it or not, all toothaches aren’t the same. We will identify the source of your pain and restore a healthy smile.
Types of Toothaches
Different types of pain can be caused a by specific reason, which can help find the cause of your discomfort and determine how to best save your tooth. Here are 4 of the most common types of toothaches:
- Dull, Persistent Ache: Constant pain can be caused by a minor issue, like an object stuck in between your teeth. Unfortunately, it’s often the result of a more serious problem, such as an infection or an untreated dental issue, like grinding your teeth.
- Tooth Sensitivity: Hot or cold foods and drinks can trigger sensitivity that results from worn enamel, a damaged restoration, or untreated decay. In some cases, gum disease can also be the culprit.
- Sharp Pain: A stabbing, relentless pain will require a trip to your emergency dentist. It can be caused by multiple factors, like a failing crown, fracture, or decay.
- Severe, Throbbing Pain: Throbbing pain can be a symptom of several problems, like infection or a fracture. Your dentist will identify the cause to give you the relief you need.
There isn’t a “one size fits all” solution for treating toothaches. Instead, the best treatment depends on your individual needs. We will perform a complete examination, which may also involve X-rays to pinpoint the source of your discomfort. Depending on the results of your exam, we may recommend:
- Removing object between teeth
- Root canal therapy
- Filling or crown
- Periodontal therapy
You can use an over-the-counter pain reliever to manage your discomfort while you wait for your appointment.
Can I Avoid Toothaches?
You can’t always prevent a toothache; however, you can lessen your risk of one using a few simple tips:
- Commit to your oral hygiene at home.
- Wear an athletic mouthguard if you play sports.
- Treat grinding or clenching your teeth using a nightguard.
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
- Avoid using your teeth as tools or chewing on inedible objects.
What Happens If My Toothache Goes Away?
If your toothache goes away on its own, you still need to see a dentist because the underlying problem hasn’t been treated. Without the right care, it will continue to worsen until it turns into a serious problem. It’s best to contact your emergency dentist right away for an appointment.
Schedule an Appointment Today
No one has time for a toothache. We will stop your discomfort quickly, so you can get back to your day. Contact our office today for a same-day appointment.