Does one of your teeth hurt when you bite or chew? Is it abnormally sensitive to hot or cold temperatures? Toothaches are among the more common dental ailments we treat at Smiles Dental. Toothaches occur when a tooth becomes abscessed. This is an infection caused by cracked or decayed teeth or periodontal disease, among other things. Bacteria enters the soft inner tissue of the tooth, causing death of the pulp. When the infection reaches the jaw bone, it forms an abscess, which can be incredibly painful. Other symptoms include redness and swelling, persistent bad taste in the mouth, and even fever.
If you develop an abscess, we recommend calling us at 360.200.6995 right away. An abscess won’t go away on its own, and if left untreated can lead to serious infection and tooth loss. The sooner it is treated, the easier treatment will be and the quicker you’ll be back to normal.
Many people don’t like visiting the dentist about toothaches because they have painful memories or have heard horror stories about root canals. Root canal treatment is an endodontic therapy that is often recommended for abscesses. And while this treatment has been painful in the past, advancements in techniques, equipment, and anesthesia ensure a treatment with minimal discomfort. It involves removing the infected tissue, cleaning and medicating the tooth, and capping it again, and can be completed in one or two visits.
Toothaches are much more serious than causing discomfort. They can turn into major problems if left untreated. If you are experiencing toothache or have any other questions about your oral health, please call our Smiles Dental team in Longview, Washington, today.