Toothache

I need a dentist expert tips

Be wary of poor quality, temporary fillings: A poorly completed filling, or temporary filling material, will allow bacteria to enter the tooth sooner and cause further damage. This is likely to lead to more extensive and expensive procedures in the future.

A dentist who immediately suggests a tooth extraction: While extraction may be the only, or best, option in some cases, options such as Root Canal treatment should be discussed first.

WHAT IS A TOOTHACHE?

A toothache is pain in either the teeth or in supporting structures as a result of dental diseases, or referred pain from non-dental disorders.
Reasons for a toothache include:

  • Cracked or fractured tooth
  • Loose or broken fillings
  • Cavities
  • Bacterial Infections

When the pulp is not infected, a toothache may also be the result of:

  • Receding gums
  • Ulcers
  • Periodontal abscesses
  • Sinus problems such as sinusitis
  • Bite problems and jaw alignment issues

If left untreated, a toothache may progress until the soft pulp within the tooth becomes infected, leading to the formation of abscesses.

APPOINTMENTS

Generally, your dentist will diagnose the cause of the pain and take actions to relieve that pain immediately. Follow up appointments are often necessary if treatment could not be completed within the initial appointment, or if a more complex procedure or a referral is required.

COSTS

The average cost is $250 for the first appointment.

ASK YOUR INEEDA DENTIST

How permanent are the treatment options? It may be worth considering a higher priced but more permanent treatment option. This will avoid in-between procedures that are unlikely to last.

How do I prevent future toothache? Ask your dentist about preventative care.