My tooth hurts really bad, what could it be?

Toothaches are a common dental problem that could be attributed to a number of causes. The most common cause of a toothache is tooth decay, or cavities. When tartar and plaque builds up on the surfaces of the teeth, the bacteria present in the buildup will feed on food particles, sugars, and starches that you eat. This creates acid that will eat away at the surface of your teeth, causing them to become thin and weak. Eventually, a hole will form. Food particles can get caught in the gap, and as the decay reaches the middle layer of the tooth, it can cause pain, particularly when eating and coming into contact with temperature extremes.

What will the our dentist do when my tooth aches?

Before beginning any treatment, Dr. D’Abadie will first check to determine the cause of your toothache. When your tooth feels sore it can be caused by a number of different things, including:

Tooth decay;
Pulpitis (inflamed tooth pulp) –
A tooth that has become cracked or broken;
Impacted tooth;
Gum disease;
If your tooth nerve hurts whenever your teeth are exposed to hot or cold, you may be suffering from sensitive teeth. We will be able to prescribe a medication or recommend a special toothpaste that will help with this issue. There may be other treatments that can help with this, though your dentist will need to perform a full examination to be sure.

In some cases, your toothache may not be caused by a dental problem. Sinus infections and sinus pain may also cause your teeth to really hurt. Your dentist will check thoroughly and then devise a treatment plan based on your particular issue. In cases where the pain is caused by a non-dental issue, your dentist may prescribe an antibiotic or have you follow up with a general care practitioner.

My tooth is killing me, and the dentist isn’t in. What should I do?

If you are experiencing extreme pain, or have facial swelling, it would be best to visit an emergency room. However, you will need to schedule an appointment with Advanced Dental Care of Austin as soon as possible so the underlying issue for your pain can be found and treated as soon as possible. Leaving the issue untreated may result in further damage to your tooth or even allow an infection to spread throughout your gums.

Call 512-331-1477 if your tooth is hurting and we will get you in as soon as possible.

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