A “toothache” is pain typically around a tooth, teeth or jaws.
In most instances, toothaches are caused by a dental problem, such as a dental cavity, a cracked or fractured tooth, an exposed tooth root, or gum disease.
Sometimes diseases of the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint), or spasms of the muscles used for chewing can cause toothache like symptoms.
The severity of a toothache can range from chronic and mild to sharp and excruciating. It can be a dull ache or intense.
The pain may be aggravated by chewing or by thermal foods and liquids which are cold or hot.
A thorough oral examination, proper tooth testing and evaluation, along with appropriate dental x-rays, can help determine the cause.
What we want to know is whether the toothache is really coming from a tooth or somewhere else.
Sometimes it is necessary to extract a tooth. This can happen for a variety of reasons. Extractions are commonly performed in cases where a deciduous “baby” tooth is reluctant to fall out, a severely broken down and non-restorable tooth is present, or “wisdom tooth” is poorly positioned and unable to fully erupt into place.
To reduce any anxiety and insure patient comfort whenever a tooth extraction is necessary, the procedure, the post surgical instructions, as well as any restorative follow-up care will be carefully and completely explained.
Get Help with a Toothache
At Anderson Family Dental Care our team of dental care providers will help you diagnose and prescribe a treatment for your toothache.
Contact our office and make sure to mentoin your toothache so we can get you in as quickly as possible.