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Toothaches and Treatment – New Bedford, MA 

Overcome Dental Pain Fast

Man with toothache holding in mouth in pain

From dull, persistent pain to sensitivity to hot and cold, there are many different types of toothaches. The one thing they all have in common? Recurring tooth pain is almost always a symptom of a larger, underlying problem. If ignored and left untreated, the issue causing your toothache could worsen and lead to permanent damage or even tooth loss! To relieve your pain and maintain a healthy smile, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment right away at Clear Coast Dental.

What Causes Toothaches?

Badly fractured tooth

There are actually a range of possible reasons that you may be experiencing dental pain. Understanding the underlying issue that is causing your toothache is critical to successfully treating it. Here is a brief overview of the various symptoms you may be experiencing, and what each one indicates.

Sharp Tooth Pain

Some toothaches are characterized by sudden, stabbing pain that arrives without warning when you open your mouth or bite down on something cold. This symptom often points to a cracked tooth or cavity. 

Sensitivity to Heat and Cold

Do your teeth painfully react when consuming hot or cold food or drinks? This if often a sign of worn-down enamel, gum recession or cavities. 

Pain that Occurs When Eating

If your tooth feels normal most of the time but starts to hurt whenever you bite down on a piece of food, it may be decayed or fractured. Over-the-counter pain medication can help alleviate the pain in the short-term, but do not wait to schedule a dental appointment.

Dull Tooth Pain

Perhaps the most common type of toothache, dull dental pain can be a sign that the inner tooth nerves have been damaged in some way. Over-the-counter painkillers can provide temporary relief from this mild discomfort. However, they will not solve the underlying problem.

Extreme Throbbing

If you are experiencing extremely painful throbbing, you should head to our office right away. Swelling and throbbing are likely signs that you need treatment from an emergency dentist as soon as possible. 

How to Treat a Toothache

Woman at dentist holding her jaw in pain

While painkillers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help temporarily relieve tooth pain, only professional care can get to the root of the problem.  

When you visit a dentist for a toothache, be sure to describe the nature of the pain you are experiencing. This will help your dentist narrow down the range of possibilities regarding the source of your discomfort. In order to accurately diagnose your toothache and create a treatment plan, your dentist will also perform a physical exam and may take X-rays of your mouth.

Depending on your specific case, your dentist may recommend one of the following treatments:

  • Filling
  • Crown
  • Periodontal therapy
  • Dental bonding
  • Root canal
  • Extraction

What Happens if My Toothache Goes Away?

Man sitting in dentist’s chair smiling

Even if your toothache suddenly goes away after a few days, the underlying problem has probably not disappeared. In fact, it is possible that the infection inside your tooth has totally destroyed the nerves in the pulp. Even though you will no longer feel pain due to severe nerve damage, the infection will continue to spread. For this reason, you should still schedule an appointment with a dentist as soon as you can.

At Clear Coast Dental in New Bedford, our experienced and knowledgeable dentists know how to accurately diagnose and treat toothaches, oral infections and other oral health problems. If dental pain is or has been bothering you recently, do not hesitate to get in touch with our team!

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