Toothaches are normally caused by natural tooth decay, but only a thorough oral examination by a professional like Dr. Dholakiya can determine the cause. Other common causes of toothaches include:
Certain joint disorders, sinus and ear infections, and tension in the facial muscles can cause pain resembling a toothache. These conditions usually include headache-like symptoms as well.
A toothache could mean you have a cavity or advanced gum disease. Also, if the nerves and tissues of the pulp inside your tooth become irritated, they can cause the pain of a toothache.
Since toothache symptoms are similar to those of other medical and dental conditions, make sure to see Dr. Dholakiya if you experience the following symptoms to get a proper diagnosis:
If you notice pus near the affected tooth, this might indicate that your tooth is abscessed, which causes the surrounding bone to get infected. The pus could also indicate that you have gum disease, which usually manifests in inflammation of soft tissue, bleeding gums, and loss of bone around the teeth.
Dr. Dholakiya performs a thorough oral examination to determine the location and specific cause of a toothache, paying special attention to signs of swelling, redness and glaring tooth damage. She may also decide to take X-rays to look for evidence of tooth decay between teeth, signs of a cracked or impacted tooth or a disorder of the underlying bone.
If necessary, Dr. Dholakiya also prescribes pain medication or antibiotics to relieve pain and speed up the healing of your toothache. It’s imperative for you to see Dr. Dholakiya as soon as you notice symptoms. If you wait too long, your tooth could become infected, meaning that treatment could require tooth removal or a root canal procedure.
The best way to stave off toothaches is to stick to a comprehensive oral hygiene routine. Failure to brush and floss regularly, especially after meals, can increase your chances of developing conditions like cavities that can cause toothaches greatly.
Here are some helpful tips from Dr. Dholakiya to help lessen your chances of developing toothaches:
Orange Coast Endodontics accepts most major private insurances. Dr. Dholakiya and her staff make every effort to provide you with the finest care and the most convenient financial options. To accomplish this, Orange Coast Endodontics works hand-in-hand with you to maximize your insurance reimbursement for covered procedures. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed and bring your insurance information with you to the consultation.
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