A toothache tells you something is wrong. What’s more, if you have a toothache, you should call your family dentist for an appointment. Toothache pain can be caused by tooth decay and/or an abscessed tooth (one with pus and infection inside of it).
Toothache That Goes Away Can Signal a Bigger Problem
The dentists at Pennino Family Dentistry in Barrington, Illinois, explain that toothache pain that goes away on its own can be a serious problem.
“This can happen when a person allows the toothache to go on too long without seeing a dentist,” says Douglas Pennino, DDS. “A throbbing toothache that stops suddenly needs to be examined.”
How “No More Toothache” Can Occur
While you may be relieved that the pain has subsided, here’s what may be happening inside your mouth.
- Tooth decay works its way into the center of the tooth (called the pulp).
- The center of the tooth has bundles of nerves.
- Infection attacks the nerves. (This causes your toothache to start.)
- The infection continues and destroys the nerves inside the tooth. (Toothache goes away.)
- The infection works its way into the bone. (Toothache pain comes back again.)
- The assault into the bone can destroy the jaw bone and loosen the tooth or teeth.
- The infection can invade the rest of the body.
How to Save Your Tooth
Your family dentists at Pennino Family Dentistry may be able to help you save your tooth. Here are three simple tips you should know:
- See your family dentist every 6 months (or as often as recommended) to examine your teeth
- Call your dentist when a toothache begins.
- If you’ve had a toothache and you delayed going to the dentist, call now for an appointment.
All is not lost, if you’ve delayed your appointment. Often the dental staff at Pennino Family Dentistry can still save your tooth and prevent the spread of infection to your bloodstream.
“It’s important to stop the infection before it goes further,” said Dr. Pennino. “Our goal is to do that and save the tooth. Often this requires us to perform a root canal.”
Good News About Root Canal
The words “root canal” may sound scary. But with modern anesthetics, you may have little or no pain with a root canal according to the American Dental Association.
For most patients, the dentists at Pennino Family Dentistry can perform the root canal right in the office. For those with complex root canal networks, we may recommend an endodontist, a specialist in the pulp (center of tooth) and tissues around the teeth.
It usually takes two visits. We’ll take an x-ray [link to blog 6] numb the area around the tooth, and keep the tooth dry. (Bacteria, viruses and fungi typically thrive in a wet environment.)
We’ll access the inside of the tooth, remove the nerve, and clean inside the tooth and in each canal. Finally, we’ll place a temporary filling on the tooth to protect it.
You’ll need a permanent filling or crown to be placed over the area as soon as possible at your next appointment.
Stopping Toothache Pain
Being “brave” and “toughing out the pain” is almost never a good idea when it comes to toothache. Call Pennino Family Dentistry. We can help stop your toothache.