Toothaches: Signs, Symptoms & Treatment

Toothaches: Signs, Symptoms & Treatment

Do you have a tooth that is constantly aching? Do you feel a throb or your heartbeat in the tooth? Are you avoiding the tooth all together? These are all signs of a toothache starting within the tooth structure. There are a variety of dental issues that can contribute to toothaches, with some requiring immediate attention and treatment. At O’Connor Dental Care, we understand how crucial it is to visit the dentist the moment the toothache arises. Dr. O’Connor and Dr. Emily can assess your mouth, determine the cause of your toothache, and treat it accordingly. Let’s first discuss the causes of toothaches and what symptoms you should look for.

What is Causing My Toothache?

Your toothache could be a warning sign of a more serious issue linked to the following causes:

  • Cavities
  • Damaged/broken fillings
  • Gum infections
  • Cracked teeth
  • Infected teeth
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)

Common Toothache Symptoms

Recognizing toothaches right away can be critical to the health of your teeth. No matter the level of pain, you should always be concerned about tooth pain. If you’ve noticed any of the following symptoms, consider contacting our office to schedule an appointment right away.

  • Fevers or headaches
  • Sharp, lingering pain to hot and/or cold
  • Throbbing or constant tooth pain
  • Pain when chewing
  • Pain from applied pressure to teeth
  • Swelling around teeth
  • Swollen gums
  • Foul taste in mouth

How are Toothaches Treated?

Treatment of your toothache will vary depending on the severity. For instance, a cavity only requires a filling, whereas an infected tooth may require a root canal. A gum infection may require a special type of cleaning underneath the gum to remove the source of the pain. Whatever the case, we recommend every patient receive prompt treatment for their tooth pain.

If you’re suffering from a toothache, be sure to contact us immediately to schedule a consultation! We proudly serve patients in the Northern Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati area and will get your teeth back to full health. Schedule an appointment today!


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