Why A Toothache Can Be Serious

When your tooth begins to hurt or you experience sensitivity, you may be tempted to ignore it and see if it goes away. Unfortunately, there is usually a serious reason causing your tooth pain that could easily get worse if left untreated. So, in today’s blog, your Conroe, TX, dentist will discuss the causes of toothaches and the importance of visiting the Dental Centre of Conroe when you experience dental pain.

Causes of a Toothache

If your tooth is hurting, it is likely trying to tell you that something is wrong. The most common causes of a toothache are as follows:

  • A cavity
  • Gum disease
  • An abscess
  • An impacted tooth

You may also experience increased sensitivity, especially to temperature, if the inner parts of your teeth and the nerves within have been exposed due to a crack, tooth decay, or the breakdown of your enamel from acidic foods, abrasions, etc. In any case, a toothache is not something that you should ignore. In fact, if you have persistent dental pain, you are having a dental emergency.

What to Do

In order to increase your chances of keeping your tooth and not losing it to extraction or decay (which would be likely effects of the causes listed above if allowed to progress), the best thing to do when you are experiencing a bad toothache is to call the Dental Centre of Conroe to schedule an emergency appointment. While waiting for your appointment, you can attempt to minimize your pain by taking your favorite over-the-counter pain medication and holding an ice pack on your cheek, opposite the pain, to numb the surrounding tissues.

When You Arrive

When you come into our office for your appointment, we will do our best to make you as comfortable as possible. Dr. Richards will then examine your mouth to determine the cause of your pain. After that, he will discuss your options so that you can reach the best decision for your continued oral health. As an example, if the toothache was the result of a cavity, which is the most likely explanation, Dr. Richards may suggest a tooth filling. If the decay is particularly advanced, the filling may be completed with a dental crown on top of what is left of your tooth to further protect it from future problems. Whatever the issue, we at the Dental Centre of Conroe are committed to helping you attain the best oral health possible while making you comfortable and keeping you smiling.

Don’t Wait- Call Us!

If you have a persistent toothache, or experience any other kind of dental emergency, we are here for you. Dr. Richards is committed to helping you bounce back after dental issues arise, and uses innovative technology to make that process even quicker. If you think you may be experiencing a dental emergency, schedule a visit with the Dental Centre of Conroe by calling (936) 441-4600. We serve patients from Conroe, TX, and the neighboring communities.