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How We Can Help with your Toothache

Toothaches are often a sign of underlying dental issues. Dental decay, gum disease, and infections can all cause a tooth to throb, become more sensitive to temperature/pressure, or have recurring pain. If you or a loved one is experiencing a toothache we can help. We provide same-day dental treatments at our office in Burlington Massachusetts. 

Toothache Q & A

What is a toothache?

A toothache is a bit of a catchall term. Toothaches can refer to almost any dental pain, discomfort or sensitivity localized to a single tooth or a group of teeth. Because of this, toothaches can have many different potential causes. Toothaches are often considered a dental emergency, especially if they are severe, long-lasting, or are accompanied by other symptoms. For example, toothaches are often linked to dental abscesses or infections that happen around a tooth. If you experience a bad smell/taste or have pus in your mouth, it is likely caused by an infection. Seeing a dentist as soon as possible is the best choice to handle a toothache, abscess, or other dental issue. 

When Do I Need To See A Dentist About My Toothache

This is a common question. Sometimes toothaches can show up and go away. Regardless of your toothache, if you ever have concerns about your oral health you should try and see a dentist sooner rather than later. Dental problems get worse over time. A quick dental visit can diagnose and treat dental issues before they worsen. The real question is whether you should see a dentist in the next few weeks or if you need to see a dentist today. The three reasons a toothache would be considered a dental emergency are as follows: 


If your toothache makes it difficult to chew that is a sign that you have a severe toothache. These types of toothaches require immediate attention as there is often damage deep within the tooth. A filling or root canal might be necessary to remove the decay and save the tooth. 


If your toothache has lasted for days either consistently or it keeps going away and coming back, you should see a dentist right away. Recurring toothaches almost always indicate an underlying issue. If it is the same tooth or teeth that keep aching a dentist can help identify the root problem.


Toothaches are sometimes accompanied by other symptoms. If your gums are red/swollen or bleeding, or there are strange tastes in your mouth, or you have a fever, you should call an emergency dentist as you may have an oral bacterial infection.

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