What Can I Do About My Tooth Pain?
A toothache can actually cause your mouth or jaw to hurt. If you have tooth pain, it is most likely caused by a cavity. However, it also could be attributed to other, more serious concerns. Regardless of the reason behind your pain, you should contact Dr. Suhair Shamoon, your Fall River, MA, dentist at Dentistry With A Smile to treat your tooth right away. Otherwise, your dental issues could get much worse.
When the Pain Stabs
Sometimes tooth pain is sharp or stabbing, and you feel it most acutely when you eat or drink something hot, old, sweet or sour, or if you put pressure on the problem tooth while brushing or biting. This kind of toothache usually points to a cavity, a damaged tooth or an exposed root canal. If you have a cavity or a damaged tooth, Dr. Shamoon can repair it with a dental filling or crown. If it is caused by an exposed root canal, a special topical varnish can be applied. Without treatment, the problem could get much worse, leading to decay or even infection.
When the Pain Throbs
If the pain is throbbing or radiates into your jawbone, chances are that it already has grown worse. With this kind of ache, you could have an infection or an abscess, which a pocket of pus in a tooth caused by infection. An infection or abscess sometimes is accompanied by bad breath, swelling and a fever. If you have an infected and/or abscessed tooth, your Fall River dentist will examine you to determine the source of the infection and may ask you to take antibiotics. If decay or a cracked tooth causes the toothache, a root canal may also be necessary to replace the infected tissue. If it is caused by gum disease, your dentist may simply clean the space between the tooth and the gum.
In general, it is always best to call Dr. Shamoon right away at the first signs of any aches or pains in your mouth. A cracked or chipped tooth, or even a cavity, can lead to an infection that spreads, causing unnecessary pain and growing more serious the longer you wait. So, if you notice any signs of tooth damage or pain in your mouth, call Dentistry With A Smile, your full-service dentist in Fall River at 508-672-6471 right away.