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Toothaches: When They Strike, Seek Swift Dental Relief

April 30, 2024

A toothache is no joke - it can be a painful and distressing experience. But don't worry, the skilled team at Calverton Dental Care is here to help you restore your oral comfort and health when you need us most.

One of the most common reasons people seek emergency dental care is to ease and treat toothaches. These painful episodes can arise from various causes and require a precise diagnosis for proper treatment.

Common Causes of Toothaches

  • Tooth Decay: Cavities, or tooth decay, are one of the primary reasons people experience toothaches. When bacteria in your mouth break down sugar from your diet, they produce acid that erodes dental enamel. This process creates a cavity, which deepens over time, damaging more tooth structure and potentially affecting the nerve, causing pain.
  • Gum Disease: Inflammation of the gums, also known as gingivitis or periodontitis, can lead to toothaches. As your gums recede, they expose sensitive tooth roots, which may create discomfort and sensitivity.
  • Dental Abscess: An abscess in your mouth is a pus-filled sac that can cause severe pain and discomfort. This condition often arises from untreated cavities or gum disease and requires immediate attention.
  • Cracked or Fractured Teeth: A cracked or fractured tooth can expose the sensitive inner layers, causing intense pain. This situation can occur due to dental trauma, grinding your teeth, biting into hard substances, or stress on fragile tooth structure surrounding a large filling.
  • Problematic Wisdom Teeth: The emergence of wisdom teeth can lead to pain and discomfort. Impacted wisdom teeth and those without enough space to erupt properly are often problematic.

Understanding the Symptoms of a Toothache

Not all toothaches feel the same, and they can manifest in many ways. You might experience sensitivity to hot, cold, or pressure when biting down on a problematic tooth. Swelling and redness around a tooth, persistent bad breath, and sinus or jaw pain may also indicate a dental issue.

The most important thing to remember is that ignoring a toothache can have serious consequences. In addition to worsened pain, an untreated toothache can lead to an infection that severely affects your oral health and overall well-being.

Emergency Dental Care: When You Need It

If you're experiencing a toothache, don't delay. Contact our office for the prompt, skilled, and compassionate care needed to alleviate your discomfort, restore your smile, and get back on the road to health.

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