Common Causes and Symptoms of Toothache

Common Causes and Symptoms of Toothache

When you have a toothache, it can be relentless and you need relief quickly. Getting to the dentist as soon as possible for a diagnosis will get you started down the path to being pain-free.

Cavities often are the cause of toothaches, which may also involve facial pain and earaches in addition to the discomfort in the immediate area of the tooth. Bad breath may also accompany a toothache, and it can indicate the presence of infection.

If decay is causing your toothache, your dentist now can use laser dentistry to diagnose the problem and plan for its treatment. A system called DIAGNOdent uses lasers to scan the surface of the teeth and pinpoint spots of decay, which reflect the light at a different wavelength than healthy tooth enamel does.

Laser dentistry is even more valuable because it can identify hidden cavities that might even escape detection by x-rays. In fact, this quality can help DIAGNOdent detect a problem before it progresses to the point at which you feel discomfort, which involves fairly advanced decay. 

If decay is causing your toothache, your dentist now can use laser dentistry to diagnose the problem and plan for its treatment. 

Although they’re often at fault, cavities are not the sole cause of toothaches. Getting a proper diagnosis will help you get the proper treatment.

Other potential causes of a toothache or toothache-like symptoms include gum disease, a fracture in the tooth (which may not be visible) and teeth grinding. Interventions to address these issues will vary, but they can alleviate your pain.

If a cavity is involved, then the dentist will clear away the decay and place a filling in your tooth. In cases of advanced decay, the tooth may not be salvageable and the dentist may need to extract it. Keep in mind that this is also a good reason to visit your dentist every six months for check-ups—to prevent decay from progressing.

If you’re suffering from a toothache, visit our dental office today and take advantage of laser dentistry to help diagnose the problem and determine what treatment will be most effective.