One of the most common reasons for a visit to the dental office is a toothache. A variety of problems can lead to a toothache. If you are suffering from discomfort in a tooth, visit the dentist as soon as possible to have the problem diagnosed and treated.
Common Causes of Toothache
Many people wait until the arrival of a toothache before they go to the dental office. However, by the time a tooth becomes uncomfortable, the causes of the toothache have probably progressed to the point where the problem will be difficult to treat.
Some common causes of toothache include:
- Tooth decay
- Infection in the root canal
- Advanced gum disease
- Impacted tooth
Regular visits to the dentist can diagnose these problems before they become serious. The earlier these problems are found, the less invasive the treatment is. If you wait until your tooth actually aches before you see the dentist, you might require treatment that is much more complex than it would have been if you had kept up with your regular checkups.
Symptoms of Toothache
The most obvious symptom of toothache is discomfort in the tooth itself. However, toothache can also cause headaches, earaches, and aching in the jaw or facial bones. Toothache can be accompanied by sensitivity, red or swollen gum tissue, or obvious infection. A problem with the root canal could make the tooth appear black or gray. You might also have a fever if there is severe infection in the tooth, the tooth pulp, or the gums.
If you experience any symptoms of toothache, you should see your dentist as soon as possible to determine the root cause. The sooner you can get into the dental office, the sooner you can receive a definitive diagnosis and receive treatment. If you ignore a toothache, the underlying cause will have time to advance, and could lead to serious complications, including infection in the sinuses and tooth loss due to decay. To avoid these serious complications, be sure to visit your dentist on a regular basis.
Schedule your bi-annual check-up by calling the office of Dr. Dan Bush today.