Toothache

Pearl Dental Group

Dentists located in Baton Rouge, LA

There’s nothing worse than a toothache. The pain is debilitating and typically indicative of a bigger problem, like an infected or decayed tooth. Whatever causes your tooth pain, Andre Bruni, DDS, and Jessica Bruni, DDS, can fix it. The dedicated team provides gentle and effective dental treatment for all patients at Pearl Dental Group in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. If you’re suffering from a toothache, schedule an appointment today by phone or online and let Pearl Dental Group put your pain in the past.

Toothache

What is a toothache?

A toothache is a painful sensation in your tooth that presents itself in a variety of ways, including:

  • Sudden, sharp, and painful sensation
  • Slow and persistent throbbing
  • Increased sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet, or sour

Some toothaches are only noticeable when pressure is applied to the tooth, as in biting or chewing, while other toothaches present a more consistent pain. 

Toothaches are occasionally accompanied by other symptoms, such as:

  • Swelling in the tissues around your tooth
  • Headache or fever
  • Bad taste in your mouth

If your toothache is severe or lasts longer than a day, you should schedule an appointment with Pearl Dental Group immediately. The practice provides emergency dentistry services, and can quickly determine the cause of your toothache and take measures to fix it.

What causes a toothache?

A toothache is typically not a condition in and of itself, but rather a symptom of another dental problem. Some of the issues that cause a toothache include:

  • A broken filling
  • A fractured tooth
  • Tooth decay or infection
  • An abscessed tooth
  • Infected gums

Toothaches are also caused by excessive chewing or grinding of the teeth.

How do you treat a toothache?

The first step in treating your toothache is to determine its cause. You and your dentist discuss your symptoms and medical history. Be prepared to tell them where your pain is located, when it started, how severe it is, and what makes it feel better or worse.

Your dentist then conducts a physical exam to assess the health of your teeth, mouth, jaw, gums, tongue, throat, sinuses, ears, nose, and neck. They might take X-rays and run other diagnostic tests depending on what they think is the source of your toothache.

Once your dentist determines the cause of your toothache, they prescribe a treatment plan. They may suggest any one of the following:

  • Filling
  • Root canal
  • Extraction 

If your tooth is severely infected, they might also prescribe a round of antibiotics to eradicate the bacteria and reduce any fever or swelling.

Don’t suffer through the pain of a toothache. If any of your teeth hurt, schedule a visit immediately with the dental experts at Pearl Dental Group. You can book your visit by calling the office or using the convenient online scheduling tool.