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Reasons and Treatments for a Toothache

Are you experiencing massive pain from your tooth? Toothaches are a common problem and some symptoms include swelling around your tooth, a fever, headache, or awful-tasting drainage from your infected tooth.

You need dental help and Stoney Trail Dental is here to provide you with treatment options. How?

Your dentist will begin by taking x-rays and possibly more tests depending on why he/she believes you have this pain. X-rays allow your dentist to see deep inside the root of your teeth for any issues hidden to the naked eye. You will be asked for a medical history and be given a check-up. Your dentist will ask you a plethora of questions about your toothache. Gathering this information helps your dentist provide a conclusive diagnosis.

What are some questions your dentist may ask?

  • How long have you had this toothache?
  • Do you have aches and pains anywhere else?
  • Have you had toothaches in the past?
  • Have you had recent dental work?

Your dentist will then determine the ideal treatment for your situation.

Treatment Options:

  • Filling
  • Root canal
  • Medication in conjunction with dental treatment may be prescribed if you are encountering a fever or swelling of the jaw

But, why do I have a toothache? There could be many reasons for this including:

  • Orthodontic Alignment: You might just need a simple readjustment of your orthodontic appliances. Retainers, braces, and other orthodontic work can cause pressure on your teeth to the point that you experience pain. All you need to do is speak to your orthodontist for an appropriate adjustment that will release your mouth from this uncomfortable pain.
  • Grinding: Do you grind your teeth? Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism can cause you to have headaches, cracked teeth, and toothaches. Excessive back and forth movement on your bottom teeth results in soreness.
  • Damaged Fillings or Sealants: Perhaps you chipped a filling or broke a sealant without knowing it. You can now be experiencing pain in your teeth due to these vulnerable portions exposed to elements such as food and bacteria.
  • Brushing and Flossing Wrong: If you are constantly putting a ton of pressure on your teeth and gums when brushing and flossing, you could be irritating them and creating a toothache.
  • Decay: The most common reason for toothaches is tooth decay. If the decay in the tooth reaches the dentin and damages it, your teeth become pain-filled.

Of course, these symptoms can also be related to other dental issues. Check with your dentist to see if your concern is actually related to a toothache. Get your teeth feeling better and your mouth in excellent shape by booking an appointment with your dentist right away.


Medically reviewed by Dr. Gurshant Grewal - a Registered Dentist on September 25, 2019

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