Throbbing toothache pain can be absolutely intolerable. At the very least, milder toothache pain can cause you to skip certain foods. Severe toothache pain can be positively debilitating, forcing men and women to go to extreme measures to calm the pain. Whenever you get a toothache, don’t hesitate: call us at The Sugar House Dentist in Salt Lake City.
What Causes a Toothache?
The most common cause of a toothache is, by far, is decay. Tooth decay, better known as a cavity, happens when acids produced by bacteria destroy a tooth’s enamel and the dentin beneath it. Once the dentin is damaged, a tooth becomes very sensitive. That means that a cavity has developed.
If the decay gets too advanced it can affect the tooth at its root. At that point there is a high probability that the tooth will become infected. That will take the toothache to a whole new level of pain, and is a very serious matter. Call us right away.
As common as cavities are, they are not, of course, the only cause of a toothache. Tooth pain may also be caused by gum disease. A more common symptom of gum disease is a dull pain in your mouth, and sensitive, bleeding gums. But tooth pain often accompanies this. Even if there isn’t any tooth pain, if you suspect gum disease you should call us.
Teeth can also get hairline cracks that may not be visible to the naked eye, but will give you pain. The pain, in fact, could indicate a crack that has made it down to the middle of the tooth, where the root is. It might be the result of some kind of accident, and it won’t necessarily give you pain right away.
What To Do?
For each of these issues, we recommend, very srongly, that you come in to see us as soon as possible. In the short term, though, you might relieve pain with one of the following:
- A cold pack, such as an icebag or a bag of frozen vegetables
- An over-the-counter anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen
- A salt water rinse with warm water
But don’t do any of the above until you have scheduled an appointment with us. Mild toothaches are irritating, but it could be something more serious that we’ll want to treat immediately. Don’t take any chances!
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