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How to Know When a Toothache Is Serious

October 14, 2022
Posted By: Kalaheo Dental Group
Woman with a toothache in Kalaheo, HI

Your family dentist in Kauai, HI, considers all toothaches serious because it signifies something is wrong and needs to be addressed. If you have a toothache, it’s essential to contact our dental office to arrange an emergency dental visit with the dentist. Mild toothaches often become excruciating without intervention.

5 Reasons You Might Have a Toothache

#1 Deep Root Infection

An infection in the deep tooth canal is typically very painful. You’ll often notice swelling near the aching tooth and sometimes a blister on the gum. Root canal therapy eliminates this pain and swelling and saves your tooth from loss or the need for extraction.

#2 Deep Tooth Decay

Small cavities usually don’t cause pain, but you may notice increased sensitivity and even a toothache as the decay spreads. In addition, decay can cause your tooth to fracture, so it’s crucial to seek treatment from your dentist as soon as possible.

#3 Damaged Tooth Restoration

A tooth-colored filling or dental crown protects your tooth, but when you damage or lose fillings and crowns, your inner tooth is vulnerable to infection and pain. Therefore, it’s important to have broken fillings and crowns replaced as soon as possible.

#4 Object Stuck in Teeth

When food or debris becomes lodged between teeth, it can be painful and even cause a surface or penetrating infection requiring treatment from your dentist.

#5 Injury or Nerve Issue

The source of your pain may not be immediately apparent, but your dentist can take x-rays to learn why your tooth hurts. Then we can plan treatment to eliminate the issue.

Contact Your Kauai, HI, Emergency Dentist

Ignoring a toothache can cost you your tooth and put your oral health at risk. So if you have a toothache or oral swelling, we urge you to reach out to a helpful and compassionate team member sooner rather than later.

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