Toothache

Jack Pawlak, DDS and Craig Deagle, DMD

Endodontists located in La Mesa, CA

The pain of a toothache can make eating, talking, or even swallowing difficult. If you have sharp, stabbing, dull, or throbbing pain in a tooth, visit Jack Pawlak, DDS and Craig Deagle, DMD in La Mesa, California. This expert duo of endodontic specialists can diagnose and treat the cause of your toothaches or other common dental concerns. Book an appointment by calling or scheduling online today.

Toothache Q & A

Jack Pawlak, DDS and Craig Deagle, DMD

What causes toothaches?

Tooth pain is a common complaint that can be rooted in numerous conditions. Some of the most likely causes of toothaches are:

  • Decay or cavities
  • An abscessed tooth (where the inside of a tooth becomes infected)
  • Gum disease or recession
  • Grinding or clenching the teeth
  • A damaged filling
  • A cracked or chipped tooth

Erupted wisdom teeth or extreme crowding might also cause toothaches.

What are the symptoms of a toothache?

A toothache usually produces some hallmark symptoms, but these can vary depending on the cause of your toothache. Some common signs of a toothache are:

  • Pain that is sharp, throbbing, dull, or aching
  • Pain that comes when pressure is applied to the tooth
  • Pain during eating
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Fever or headache
  • Bad breath or a foul odor coming from the tooth

A toothache might also produce swelling and inflammation in the affected area. If the tooth is infected, it might even create pus or bad-tasting drainage.

When should I go to the dentist for a toothache?

If you have a toothache that lasts longer than one or two days, make an appointment with the office so an endodontist can diagnose the cause. You should also seek medical attention for a toothache if the pain is severe, if you have a fever, an earache, or pain when you open your mouth wide.

How are toothaches treated?

At your first appointment, your dentist needs to determine the cause of your toothache. Doing so involves a thorough dental examination and a discussion of your symptoms and health history. You might need X-rays or other tests, depending on the severity of your pain and the results of the initial examination.

Treatment for your toothache depends on the cause. It might involve procedures like:

  • Filling a cavity
  • Applying a crown
  • A dental cleaning
  • A root canal
  • Periodontal therapy

With the right treatment, it’s easy to resolve toothaches and keep your teeth and gums healthy.

How can I prevent toothaches?

Many toothaches are the result of poor oral hygiene, so it’s critical to take daily preventive measures, which include brushing and flossing. Your dentist might also recommend regular fluoride rinses to keep your teeth strong and healthy.

Also make sure to schedule your regular dental cleanings, and avoid or minimize foods that may aggravate tooth pain or sensitivity, such as extremely hot or cold beverages and sugar.

If you have a bothersome toothache, book an appointment with Jack Pawlak, DDS and Craig Deagle, DMD by calling the office or scheduling a consultation online today.