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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

Woman needing emergency dentist for painful tooth.

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:

Treating Toothaches

Digital image showing a toothache.

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:

You can use an over-the-counter pain reliever to manage your discomfort while you wait for your appointment.

Can I Avoid Toothaches?

Woman in pain needing an emergency dentist.

You can’t always prevent a toothache; however, you can lessen your risk of one using a few simple tips:

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.  

Tooth Sensitivity

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Do you ever feel sensitivity when eating or drinking an item that’s extra hot or cold? This discomfort is typically caused by enamel loss or exposed tooth roots. Decay and cavities can erode your enamel, causing sensitivity. Plus, gum disease can eat away at your gum tissue, leaving your tooth roots unprotected. Thankfully, we offer various treatment options to help you overcome sensitivity and protect your smile. From antibiotics to tooth-colored fillings and gum disease therapy, we’re here to help. In some cases, it’s as easy as using a desensitizing toothpaste and avoiding highly acidic foods.

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.