Experiencing a Toothache? It May Be Time to Visit our Guelph Dentist
Here’s what may be causing your toothy troubles, and when you should be concerned.
It can be rather alarming or scary to experience pain in the gums and/or teeth, especially if this pain arises suddenly with no known trigger.
With that being said, there are several potential reasons why a person may experience dental pain or discomfort. Most of the time, this pain is an indication of an underlying problem with the teeth or the gums.
But whatever the case may be, a toothache should always be taken seriously - and you should visit the dentist as soon as possible if you’re experiencing dental pain that persists, as problems only tend to worsen with neglect.
What causes toothaches, and how can they be resolved?
Most commonly, a toothache will be caused by tooth decay. This is an oral issue that’s especially important to treat early on with a dental filling, before infection spreads deep into the root of the tooth requiring a root canal or worse, resulting in complete loss of the tooth.
Another potential cause of a toothache is having an impacted tooth or wisdom tooth. This is a tooth that becomes stuck in the bone or the gum tissue, preventing it from growing in or erupting and causing a sensation of pain and pressure. These teeth must be removed in order to prevent further pain or other issues from occurring.
In other cases, tooth pain may be the result of a fracture or crack in the tooth that extends to the sensitive root. This leaves the tooth vulnerable to infection, so it's important to see our Guelph dentist ASAP to address this problem.
In more rare cases, tooth pain may be the source of “referred pain”, meaning that the pain is a result of an issue occurring in a different part of the body. Most commonly, this is caused by sinusitis due to the close proximity of the sinuses to the teeth.
When to consider a toothache an emergency
You should seek immediate emergency care if ever you experience the following symptoms along with your tooth ache:
- Shortness of breath, lightheadedness, pain in the chest, or other potential signs of a heart attack
- Facial swelling/ swelling of the jaw, indicative of an infection spreading
- Bleeding or puss on or around the infected tooth
- A persistent cough that doesn't go away, especially with blood
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing, which may be a sign of lung cancer
Managing your toothache in the meantime
Before you get in to see our Guelph dentist, there are ways you can effectively manage and reduce your tooth pain for short-term relief.
This includes the use of an over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen (Advil), being sure to keep the affected area as clean as possible, avoiding chewing or biting down using the affected side of the mouth, and making any necessary dietary changes such as avoiding sugary foods/beverages that could exacerbate any decay or hot/cold substances that could worsen the pain.
Persistent or sudden toothache? Come see our Guelph dentist
The sooner you address your tooth pain, the better.
Schedule your appointment with our experienced Dr. Coman today, and eliminate the cause of your toothache for good.
Dr. Coman Dentistry
85 Norfolk Street, Suite 308
Guelph, ON N1H 4J4