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What If I Have a Toothache?

Written by Dr. Adam T. Bond Jun 11 • 1 minute read

Tooth pain is like no other. But did you know there can be several reasons you may experience a toothache? Whether you are experiencing a dull, throbbing ache; sharp pain to cold/hot or pain while chewing, it is very important to find out the cause of your pain. The sooner you have any kind of discomfort in your mouth examined, the sooner we can work on a treatment plan to help you feel better. The longer you wait, the more likely the treatment will be more involved or more expensive. Waiting too long may even result in the loss of a tooth.

Some symptoms you’ll want to address quickly include:

  • Pain to chewing
  • Pain to sweets, hot or cold, especially lingering pain
  • Swelling of the gums, cheek or under your tongue
  • Unpleasant taste or smell
  • Fever, headache or general malaise

Possible causes of tooth pain include:

  • Tooth decay
  • Broken teeth or fillings
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Accumulation of food and debris between teeth
  • Inflammation or infection at the root of the tooth or in the gums
  • Clenching or grinding of the teeth
  • Trauma

Pain is not normal and you don’t have to live with it. If you experience any of the above symptoms for longer than a day or two, or if something just feels off in your mouth, call us for an appointment. Don’t wait until the pain becomes unbearable or until it becomes a dental emergency. Let us take a look and get you the treatment you need. We will present you with your treatment options and suggest ways to avoid similar problems in the future.

If you have any questions or need to make an appointment, give us a call at (817)641-4488.

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