Have you been dealing with an irritating toothache that just doesn’t seem to be going away? If so, it may be a warning sign of a serious oral health issue. Depending on the severity of your discomfort and the accompanying symptoms, your toothache may require more than at-home remedies. In fact, if you ignore your toothache, you may find yourself in need of a Newtown emergency dentist! Here are seven types of tooth pain that you should never ignore.
1.) Sharp Pain
Sharp pain, especially when biting down, is a frequent symptom of a cavity. While tooth decay is a common problem, leaving it untreated can cause serious dental infections and permanent damage to your mouth. Thankfully, cavities can usually be treated quickly and easily with fillings when they’re caught early.
We’ve all experienced tooth sensitivity at one time or another. However, if your teeth are feeling particularly achy or sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, your enamel may be weakened. This could be the result of bruxism, or grinding and clenching your teeth in your sleep. A custom-made nightguard from your dentist can protect your teeth from chipping or fracturing.
It’s common knowledge that our teeth can turn yellowish if not taken care of properly. However, if one tooth (or a few) start to turn dark brown or gray, the pulp inside may be damaged. This is a sign of a major infection, and it’s essential that you visit your dentist as soon as you can for it!
4.) Bad Breath or Bad Taste
Chronic bad breath or bad taste in the mouth could indicate an abscessed tooth. When a tooth is infected, it releases toxins that cause foul odors and tastes. If your bad breath or the bad taste in your mouth persists, call your dentist right away.
5.) Swollen, Bleeding Gums
Swollen, puffy, and bleeding gums are the tell-tale signs of gum disease. Thankfully, the initial stages are easy to treat. However, if these symptoms are accompanied by a toothache, the bacteria in your gums may be attacking your teeth. See your dentist as soon as possible for the appropriate gum disease treatment.
6.) Loose Teeth
Your permanent teeth should never feel loose! If you can wiggle your aching tooth or teeth, you may have advanced gum disease. This is the leading cause of tooth loss in the US, so it’s essential that you see your dentist right away if your teeth are loose!
7.) Fever, Fatigue, or Other Signs of Infection
If your toothache is accompanied by swollen glands in the jaw or neck, or if you’re experiencing fatigue and a fever, you should call your emergency dentist immediately. These symptoms often indicate a serious, sometimes even life-threatening infection that needs to be treated with prescription antibiotics and other measures as soon as possible.
Any toothache should be investigated by your dentist in a timely manner. However, if you notice any of these seven types of tooth pain, it’s time to seek urgent dental care to get your oral health back on track!
About the Practice
The Dentists of Newtown have been caring for families of Newtown and the surrounding communities since 1983. They’re proud to offer a comprehensive menu of services all in one convenient location. With evening hours and Saturday appointments available, they make sure you can always get high-quality dental care when you need it most. If you have a toothache, don’t hesitate to contact them via their website or at (215) 579-9900.