Suffering from a Toothache? Know When to ask for Help

Sometimes, nothing is more painful or bothersome than a toothache. Unfortunately, over-the-counter medicines don’t always help and can wear off quickly.  Many different circumstances can cause oral pain and it’s always better to get a professional opinion and diagnosis than to remain in pain that only worsens.  Your best bet is to make an appointment with Dr. Cash to get to the root of the problem.  And it’s always better to do it sooner rather than later.

After a Tooth is pulled

If you’re suffering from terrible pain for more than a couple of days after a tooth extraction, there’s a chance you could be suffering from “dry socket,” where the socket is not healing correctly.  The dentist can diagnose and treat this condition quickly.

Pain with Swelling

If you find that your gums, jaw or face is swelling along with your toothache, this is a sign of infection and must be looked at right away. You want to take care of this problem before it turns into an abscess, which causes more pain and is more complicated to treat.

Fever and Toothache

A fever is another sign of infection or the beginning of an abscess.  You may need a course of antibiotics or a root canal to drain the infection.

Broken Teeth

If you have had an accident or injury that has knocked out or broken your teeth, see the dentist right away, unless you are suffering from life-threatening injuries.  The sooner you see the dentist, the less risk there is of infection and a better chance that your teeth can be saved.

Pain in Jaw

If it hurts to open and close your mouth or move your jaw around, you could be suffering from a temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which can be injured or inflamed.  Seeing the doctor in a timely manner for treatment will put you on the road to recovery.

Wisdom Teeth

As these last set of molars break through, it is common for there to be inflammation which can lead to infection.  This pain can begin in the molars and go as far as your ear.  They can also crowd your other teeth causing a broader range of issues.

We all suffer from toothaches and other oral difficulties from time-to-time. Don’t wait until the pain is excruciating or try to diagnose yourself.  Tooth pain can compound over a short period of time and you could find yourself in a world of hurt.  Call Dr. Cash so that he can find the source of your pain and get you back to smiling.