Many people think of a toothache as a dental issue, and they are wrong. A toothache is often a symptom of something more serious. So, if you have a toothache, your first step should be to identify the cause behind your toothache. If it’s something dangerous, call Smile Center Silicon Valley at 408-245-7500 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. John Vellequette, as soon as possible. If it’s something more mundane, there’s nothing to worry about.
The most common causes of a toothache are:
–Tooth decay: Tooth decay is a serious dental issue that tends to cause toothaches. If you notice a hole or sharp edge in your tooth, or if you experience pain radiating in your tooth, you might have a cavity and it’s best to get it treated as soon as possible.
–Infection: Infection in the tooth and gums, which is known as an abscess, can cause a toothache. This occurs after severe tooth decay, gum disease, or an oral trauma attacks your tooth. It’s important to get it treated so you can prevent further complications, like a root canal and tooth extraction.
–Fractures: If you’ve fractured your tooth, whether it was because of an oral trauma or because you bit down on something hard, it’s best to get it treated immediately. A fractured tooth could cause severe pain, invite tooth decay to form, and increase the possibility of further breaking your tooth.
–Damaged dental work: Having a loose or broken dental crown, dental filling, or dental bridge could easily cause a toothache. It’s best to avoid playing or wiggling the damaged dental restoration. If possible, use dental cement to put it back into place until your dental appointment.
–Something stuck between your teeth: One of the most common causes of a toothache is having something stuck between your teeth. When this happens, you can rinse with saltwater and brush and floss your teeth. If the object still does not come loose, you can visit your dentist to get it professionally removed.
Call our office today if you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about the causes behind a toothache in Sunnyvale, California! Our friendly dental team is more than happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you.