If a tooth is causing you extreme discomfort, it may be a sign of a toothache. Toothaches can be caused by many different types of ailments, and they are not necessarily limited to your teeth. However, in most instances, a toothache is the result of the nerve endings within the pulp of a tooth either being damaged or infected. If severe pain or discomfort exists, your toothache could result in the loss of the tooth if left untreated.
There are important symptoms to look for to determine the severity of your toothache. If you have taken any store-bought medications, do you still feel pain after using them? Also, has the pain continued for over 24 hours? If you notice an abscess on the tooth or noticeable swelling, it could be infected. High fevers, random chills, and unexplained facial rashes are all signs of a serious toothache that should be looked at by your dentist.
Some common causes of toothaches include catastrophic tooth loss due to blunt trauma or oral injuries. Sometimes a tooth may not have been knocked loose, but could be cracked, even if invisible. If there is a breach in the tooth enamel, bacteria can enter the tooth and destroy the pulp. In addition, if you have any TMJ disorders in your jaw, the risk for toothache increases.
If you are looking to protect your teeth from toothaches, or enhance your smile further, contact Dr. James Schall and our team at Bel Air Smile Partners. We can be reached by calling us at 410-939-4030 to book a reservation to see us at our office in Havre de Grace, Maryland. We will be glad to help you achieve the results you are striving for!