Some things are easier to ignore than others, yet some things should never be ignored. A toothache is one of those things. Many people mistakenly believe that a toothache is not a big deal and that it will eventually go away on its own. However, a toothache is actually a very accurate indicator that something is wrong inside your mouth.
A toothache is a symptom of an issue within your mouth. The assumption that it will go away on its own is often what gets many people into trouble. In reality, a toothache is trying to alert you to the fact that trouble is brewing inside your mouth that needs to be seen, evaluated, and addressed by your dentist as soon as possible.
There are many different reasons for toothaches. In minor instances, a toothache can simply be caused by a popcorn kernel being stuck in the gums. While you may feel silly going to the dentist only to find out that a popcorn kernel was what was causing your pain, it is actually necessary to have this kernel removed. Otherwise, this kernel would begin to rot and truly cause a major issue. Other issues that cause toothaches are much more significant:
- A cracked or damaged tooth
- A lost filling
- An infection
- Root exposure
- A damaged or broken dental bridge or crown
- An abscess
If a toothache is caused by a cracked, damaged, or infected tooth, there will be significant pain involved. If this pain and cause of the pain are addressed, proper treatment can be given to not only alleviate your pain but also save your tooth. If a tooth is damaged or infected from the inside, the roots of the tooth are extremely vulnerable. Damage to the tooth roots can cause a dead tooth, and then even more invasive (and costly) treatment will be required.
By having your toothache evaluated early on, you can have the issue taken care of and avoid many damaging side effects. A toothache is your best indication that something is not right inside your mouth, so do not ignore it! Contact Group Health Dental in Manhattan is you are suffering from a toothache. We are here to help with all your dental needs.