Toothaches are never any fun, but when they get so bad they throb, it may be a sign of tooth damage. When that happens you should seek help right away. Remember us at OnCall Dental in Fresno!
The most common cause of tooth pain is a cavity. Cavities can allow air and germs to get inside the tooth, which can infect its pulp – the soft tissue made up of nerves. The most immediate result of infection is pain.
Tooth infection can lead to an abscess. That means the tooth’s pulp is beginning to die. Antibiotics can kill the bacteria that’s causing it, but sometimes a root canal is necessary. If that happens, don’t worry: the root canal will eliminate your pain. With modern dental techniques you will not have any discomfort.
A toothache will not necessarily throb, of course. Other toothache indicators include:
- A dull, persistent ache
- Sharp pain when biting
- Sensitive teeth
- Pain or tenderness in the mouth
- A bad taste or smell in the mouth
If you have any of these symptoms, it is a sign that something is going on and you should not ignore it.
At OnCall Dental in Fresno we provide toothache relief, and specialize in emergency dentistry. Your toothache won’t get better on its own; the sooner we are able to treat it, the better off you’ll be. In urgent cases you do not need to schedule an appointment; walk-ins are always welcome.