Toothache

Vanguard and Achury Dental

General Dentistry located in Garden City, NY & Jackson Heights, NY

A toothache can signify something serious, but in many cases, proper and prompt dental care can help to save your tooth. At Vanguard and Achury Dental in Garden City, Long Island, and Jackson Heights, Queens, highly trained and attentive dentists, Camilo Achury, DDS, and Diva Puerta, DDS, have extensive experience treating toothache in various circumstances. For exceptional and efficient dental care when you and your family need it most, call either office in New York City or use the online scheduler.

Toothache Q & A

What causes toothache?

A toothache refers to varying degrees of pain in or around a tooth that might be the result of:

  • Tooth decay
  • Abscessed tooth (a bacterial infection in the center of the tooth)
  • Tooth fracture
  • A damaged filling
  • Repetitive motions, such as grinding or clenching teeth and chewing gum
  • Infected gums
  • Eruption or removal of a tooth (such as a wisdom tooth)

Tooth pain might be throbbing, sharp, or constant. For some people, pain might only occur when pressure is applied to the tooth. Along with toothache, you might also experience:

  • Swelling around the tooth
  • A headache or fever
  • A bad odor from the mouth
  • Foul-tasting drainage from the infected tooth 

During your visit, your dentist reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam. They typically examine your gums, jaws, tongue, throat, teeth, sinuses, ears, nose, and neck. 

You might also have X-rays taken to help your dentist determine the cause of your toothache and the best ways to treat it.

What is the treatment for a toothache?

The treatment for a toothache depends on the severity and cause of your toothache and your individual dental health. For example, if a cavity is the cause of your toothache, your dentist typically fills the cavity or removes the tooth when necessary.

If an infected tooth nerve is causing your toothache, your dentist might recommend a root canal procedure to remove and replace the infected pulp with a sealing material. Your dentist might suggest antibiotics if there’s swelling of the jaw or if you have a fever.

Your dentist recommends a deep cleaning if you have trapped food pieces and infection under your gums. The Vanguard and Achury dentists always work hard to save your natural tooth.

How can I prevent a toothache?

Most toothaches are the result of tooth decay, so taking care of your teeth and maintaining good oral hygiene can help prevent toothaches. You should be sure to:

  • Brush regularly with a toothpaste recommended by your dentist
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Visit your dentist at least twice a year for a professional teeth cleaning
  • Avoid consuming excess sugar in your diet

Your professional teeth cleaning significantly lowers your risk of periodontal disease and many other dental concerns and complications.

Don’t just deal with a toothache in the hope it will go away. Put your dental health first and call Vanguard and Achury Dental or use the online scheduling system.