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How Do I Know If My Tooth Pain Is Serious?

May 17, 2022 8:00 pm | Published by

Tooth pain is one of the most unpleasant experiences you can have. It includes sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, dull aching, and agonizing, throbbing pain. How do you know if your tooth pain is serious and needs treatment?

What Are the Causes of Tooth Pain?

Tooth pain has a variety of causes. It could be tooth decay, an abscess, a damaged filling, or a crack in your tooth. Gum disease can cause tooth pain, as well. A tooth can also hurt if there’s something stuck in it. If you’ve recently eaten something very hot, cold, or sweet, you might feel a lingering sharp pain in your teeth. That’s sensitivity. People with thinned enamel, cracked teeth, or cavities often feel increased sensitivity.

When Is Pain Serious?

If you’re experiencing tooth pain, the first thing you can do is gently brush and floss your teeth. This removes external causes of tooth pain, like a sharp piece of food debris. If your toothache lasts longer than 1-2 days, it’s worth calling a dentist. We’ll discuss what kind of pain you’re feeling and decide if you should come in right away or make an appointment within the next few days. If your tooth pain is severe and/or comes with other symptoms like an earache, a fever, or pain when you open your jaw, please contact an emergency dentist.

Emergency Dentistry at Vista Ridge Family Dentistry in Cedar Park, Texas

Severe tooth pain is an emergency. If your toothache is unbearable, contact our office right away. If your tooth pain is unpleasant but doesn’t consume your life, we’ll still want to see you soon before the problem gets worse. Have questions about tooth pain or want to schedule a visit with our dentists? Please get in touch with us today!

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