Tooth pain comes in a few varieties. There’s a sharp pain. There’s dull pain. There’s intermittent pain that comes and goes or is triggered by hot or cold foods. Most people don’t want to run to their dentist right away, but it may be necessary if the pain is intense.
Should you hold out until your next appointment, or should you make an appointment as soon as possible? Dr. Scott Veal at Veal Dental Care explains why you should make that call to your dentist sooner rather than later.
You’re in a lot of pain
Whether your tooth hurts from a cavity, infected gums, grinding your teeth, or some other reason, if your tooth pain is intense, it’s time to visit the dentist. You can try at-home remedies such as a cold compress or over-the-counter pain relievers but if those efforts don’t reduce your pain, then come in for a visit.
Your tooth pain lasts for more than a day
Most tooth pain is not an emergency and may just be mildly uncomfortable. If, however, the pain persists for more than a day, you should visit your dentist to address the issue. Tooth pain can be a sign of something that will get worse if not treated.
A fever accompanies your toothache
A toothache combined with a fever, swelling, or tooth sensitivity may signal a tooth infection. A tooth infection not treated promptly and appropriately can spread to other parts of your body, which could adversely affect your health.
Your tooth is chipped or cracked
A chipped or cracked tooth makes an inviting home for bacteria and food particles. Excess bacteria and food particles or hard to reach food can lead to tooth decay and gum diseases.
Your tooth is knocked loose or out
If you’re an adult and have a loose or knocked out tooth, don’t wait for the tooth fairy. Call your dentist to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
The earlier a knocked-out tooth is treated, the more likely your dentist can re-implant it. Keep it moist until you get to the dentist either by placing it back where it belongs and biting down to hold it in place or keep it between your cheek and gums. You can also store it in milk.
Fortunately, most tooth pain is not urgent and can wait to be addressed at your next dental appointment. If you need to see a dentist right away, call Veal Dental in Dunwoody, Georgia, or request an appointment online.