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Emergency Toothaches – Newton, MA

Identifying and Dealing with Tooth Pain

A toothache is perhaps one of the most annoying problems a person can have. It may interfere with your eating, make it difficult for you to concentrate at work, and just make you life generally miserable until you find relief. Our team is here to help you deal with your toothaches! We’ll identify the cause of your pain, discuss your treatment options, and give you friendly coaching on how to prevent future toothaches. On this page, you will learn more about toothaches, what they might mean, and possible ways to treat them.

Common Toothache Causes

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A toothache is a problem, but it is not a dental problem. In fact, it is a symptom of a dental problem. It can be an indicator of many different issues, and identifying the root cause of your pain will be the first step your emergency dentist, Dr. Anjomi, will take as she works to relieve your discomfort and improve your oral health. Here are some common causes of toothaches along with a short description of the type of pain they may cause:

  • A dental abscess – Severe, throbbing pain
  • A cavity – Sharp, usually intermittent pain in response to pressure or temperature changes
  • Gum recession or gum recession– Sensitivity along the roots of the teeth
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding) – Soreness in the jaw and dental sensitivity
  • A broken tooth – Sharp pain in response to stimuli
  • A damaged filling, crown, or other restoration – Sharp sensitivity
  • Thin tooth enamel – Pain that occurs in response to temperature changes

Treatment Options

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The best way to relieve your toothache will depend on its cause. Possible treatments include:

  • Root canal therapy to clean out an infected tooth and remove its nerve
  • A new crown or other type of restoration to protect a weak, broken, or decayed tooth
  • A nightguard to prevent teeth grinding
  • The use of a sensitivity-reducing toothpaste to relieve the discomfort of thin tooth enamel
  • Extraction to remove a tooth that cannot be helped by other means

How to Prevent Toothaches

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In most cases, preventing toothaches is simply a matter of sticking to a thorough oral hygiene routine and establishing a habit of regular dental visits. Keeping your teeth clean via regular brushing and flossing will greatly reduce your risk of developing a cavity or dental infection. Routine dental visits will give Dr. Anjomi a chance to identify and address potential toothache causes before they lead to pain. You should also avoid any activities that might cause your teeth to break, such as chewing on hard objects or playing sports without a mouthguard.

What if My Toothache Goes Away on Its Own?

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If you have a toothache that suddenly vanishes on its own, you might feel relieved — but this could actually be a sign of a bigger problem! Before an infection reaches the nerve inside a tooth, you may experience pain. Then, when the infection destroys the nerve, the pain may go away even though the infection is still active. Eventually, the pain will return when the infection attacks the tissue surrounding a tooth. To save your tooth and protect your overall health, it’s best to seek dental care soon after a toothache begins. 

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