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What’s Causing Your Toothache?

April 1, 2016 ADManage

When you ignore a toothache, you put yourself at risk of needing emergency dental services in Park Ridge. A toothache can be a sign of a serious dental or oral health problem that requires immediate dental care. Here is a look at common causes and emergency dentist solutions for toothaches.

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An Infection or Abscess

If your toothache is accompanied by a fever, headache, swelling, inflammation, and a foul discharge from the aching tooth, you probably have an infection. Without dental care, a tooth infection can enter your bloodstream and spread to other organs or body systems. A tooth infection that is untreated can also cause a tooth abscess to form. An abscess is a severe infection in the tooth’s root, or the bone supporting the tooth. If you have an abscess, your toothache may be accompanied by a fever, swollen neck glands, inflamed gum tissue, swollen jaw, foul breath, bitter taste in the mouth, and an open sore on the side of the gum. Your dentist can try to eliminate the infection and save your tooth using root canal surgery.

A Tooth Fracture or Damaged Filling

Even minor trauma, like chewing on ice or hard candy, can fracture a tooth or damage a dental filling. A fractured tooth or damaged filling will cause a toothache combined with a severe sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages. The pain might be constant, or it might only occur when you’re putting pressure on the tooth while eating, chewing, biting down, or grinding. Your dentist can repair your damaged filling, or use a dental crown to repair a tooth fracture and restore the structural integrity of the tooth.

Gum Disease

Gum disease occurs when poor dental care and infrequent dental cleanings cause plaque and tartar to build up on and between the teeth. Plaque and tartar harbor dangerous bacteria, which can infect the gums, causing red, inflamed, tender, receding gums. Advanced gum disease will break down the bones and connective tissues supporting the teeth, causing tooth pain, sensitivity, and tooth loss, as well as the need to visit an emergency dentist.