A toothache can be a real source of alarm. You might wake up one day in serious pain and have no idea where it came from! That’s the tricky part about a toothache – you can’t always see what’s causing the problem and that makes it a source of anxiety and worry. We see a lot of patients with toothaches at our Panama City dentist office and we know how nerve-racking they can be.
We want to help you understand not just the common causes of a toothache but also how we treat them at Panama City Smiles. As always, eliminating pain is our first priority and you can rest assured that we’ll take care of your discomfort first!
Our dental team is always here when you need us and we consider toothaches emergencies! Never hesitate to call our office, night or day, when you’re in pain. We’ll do our best to see you the same day or the next morning if you call overnight.
The Most Common Causes Of Toothaches
There are a lot of causes of dental pain but there are a few that are by far the most common.
A cavity won’t usually hurt, at least not until it’s gone deep into your tooth. At the root of your teeth are pockets of soft tissue called dental pulp. The pulp is where all the blood vessels and nerves of your teeth live and when tooth decay reaches that far it quickly becomes infected, causing a lot of pain.
You might have guessed from the “root of your tooth” that the treatment is none other than a root canal. Don’t believe the myth about root canals – they relieve pain by removing infected tissue! You’ll be under anesthesia during the procedure and by the time it wears off you’ll already realize how much better you feel.
When you avoid getting a root canal the infection of the root can, and will often, spread. When dental infection gets into the bone and gums surrounding your teeth you can end up with a pocket of infection called an abscess. If your toothache is accompanied by a fever, swelling, or both it’s quite possible you have an abscess!
These infections are dangerous and require treatment as soon as possible! You don’t want to leave an abscess untreated – it can spread and cause severely dangerous levels of infection. We generally treat an abscess via a root canal but there are instances where different treatments will be required. These can include tooth extraction and oral surgery to remove infected tissue. These instances are rare – you’ll probably be in bad enough pain to seek attention before that point!
Hearing the word “trauma” in regards to your teeth probably makes you think of large fractures, cracks, and bloody, broken teeth. While this can be the case it isn’t always so! It’s possible to develop microfractures in your teeth that are just as painful as larger ones without any visible damage. These fractures are dangerous because they’re so hard to see and diagnose. If you’re experiencing dental pain without any physical symptoms it’s essential to come see us today!
We can easily treat fractures with crowns and other dental restorations. Our goal when treating broken teeth, whether a large or micro-scale injury, is to preserve the remaining healthy portion of the tooth and protect it from further damage. You’ll feel relief fast when we take care of a damaged tooth!
Pain = A Problem!
Your mouth is pretty tough and when it starts to hurt it’s a sign that something is really wrong. Waiting to take care of a toothache or any kind of dental pain can have a serious impact on your oral health that could cost you thousands of dollars and lots of pain and discomfort. Don’t let yourself get to that point! We’ll do everything we can to make you feel better the same day that you call.