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Dear Dentist, When Should I Be Concerned About a Toothache?

July 31, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — drorban @ 7:32 pm

woman with toothache Sometimes, pain in your teeth isn’t something you need to worry about. For example, if you already knew that you have sensitive teeth, and you eat something that exacerbates that sensitivity, you probably just need to be more diligent about avoiding items that cause you pain. Sometimes, though, a toothache is a sign of a serious problem that should have you dialing your dentist in Coeur d’Alene right away.

An Abscessed Tooth

An abscessed tooth is an infection that has spread to the tooth’s root and into the tissues around it. Not only can this cause immense pain when you bite down or expose the tooth to temperature changes, but it can also lead to fever, facial swelling, and even widespread systemic health issues. This is a serious medical condition that requires prompt professional attention.

These symptoms may accompany your toothache if you have an abscess:

  • There is a pimple-like sore on the gums
  • One tooth is darker than the ones around it
  • You are experiencing jaw pain

Severe Decay

When a cavity is in its early stages, you might not notice its presence. However, if the hole extends beyond the enamel to the layers beneath it, your tooth may become extremely sensitive. It’s important to visit a dentist to get a filling and/or crown as soon as possible so you can save the tooth from further damage and find relief from your pain.


An impact to your face may cause oral injuries, such as a broken or chipped tooth. These problems can expose the sensitive inner parts of your tooth and lead to pain and an increased risk of infection. If you are ever involved in an incident that causes damage to your mouth, you should see your dentist as soon as possible even if you don’t think your teeth suffered any damage.

Gum Disease

About half of the adults in the U.S. have some form of gum disease. For most people, this isn’t a serious problem and can be addressed with a few simple changes to their oral hygiene routine. However, if the condition progresses, it can cause swelling in the gums or gum recession, both of which can lead to pain in your teeth. Therefore, if your gums have been sore lately or look red or inflamed, you should make an appointment with your dentist.

Toothaches of an Unknown Cause

If you ever experience a toothache that lasts more than a day or two, don’t ignore it and try to convince yourself that the pain will go away on its own. It’s probable that there is an underlying oral health issue that requires a dentist’s attention. It’s best to have the tooth looked at before the problem becomes worse and causes you even more pain.

Some toothaches are a big deal! If your mouth is hurting, visit your dentist to find out what is causing the problem and to find relief from your pain.

About the Author

Dr. Filip Orban is a talented general dentist who genuinely cares about his patients and their oral and overall well-being. He offers a wide range of services that are designed to address all of the most common causes of toothaches. If you would like to speak to him about a tooth that is causing you trouble, contact our office at 208-667-1546.

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