What To Do if You Have a Toothache
By Apple Valley Dental
January 27, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: toothache  

You should never ignore a toothache. It is often a sign of an oral health problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease. Left untreated, the problem could become worse over time and result in the development of additional oral health issues. One of the highly skilled dentists at Apple Valley Dental in Apple Valley, CA, can identify the problem and treat the cause of your toothache.

Causes of Toothaches

While many toothaches result when a cavity has developed, that isn’t the only possible cause. Tooth pain can occur for many reasons, such as following an injury to the mouth. Other causes of toothaches include:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Grinding the teeth at night (bruxism)
  • Development of a tooth abscess
  • Loose dental fillings
  • Fractured tooth

Treatments for Toothaches

It is important to seek treatment for a toothache to prevent more serious oral health conditions from developing. If your tooth pain is caused by an infection, undergoing treatment as soon as possible is the best way to stop the infection from spreading to other areas. An experienced dentist at our office in Apple Valley can diagnose the cause of your toothache and recommend a specific treatment to stop the pain and address the underlying cause.

The type of treatment needed will depend on the exact reason for the toothache. For example, tooth pain that is the result of decay can be treated by removing decayed areas and filling the cavity. If the decay extends deeper into the tooth, root canal treatment might be needed. In the case of impacted wisdom teeth, the best way to alleviate pain and prevent additional problems, such as overcrowding, is often to extract the impacted teeth. Whatever the specific cause of your toothache, our knowledgeable dental professionals can identify the problem and correct it with the right treatment, which will also alleviate the pain.

The best thing to do if you have a toothache is to see a dentist. The cause of your tooth pain can be identified and treated to prevent the problem from getting worse. To schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, call Apple Valley Dental in Apple Valley at (760) 247-6007.