Toothache Specialist

Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Alexandria, IN & Noblesville, IN

The pain of a toothache can be unbearable enough to interfere with your work, sleep, and ability to enjoy yourself. The expert team of dentists at Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Alexandria and Noblesville, Indiana, can pinpoint the cause of your toothache and take action with effective treatment. To make an appointment, call the office or use the online scheduling tool today.

Toothache Q & A

What is a toothache?

A toothache is a pain or discomfort that you feel around a tooth or in your gums. Typically, it indicates a problem in the tooth or surrounding gums, but it can also point to a problem somewhere else in your body.

Since toothaches can indicate many serious health issues with your mouth or elsewhere, it’s important that you seek treatment if a tooth is hurting. Often, the conditions that cause a toothache to worsen over time, so getting them diagnosed and treated early is essential for a full recovery.

What is causing my toothache?

Many underlying conditions can cause toothaches, some of which seem to have nothing to do with your mouth. Possible causes include:

  • Tooth decay
  • An impacted tooth
  • Oral cancer
  • Sinusitis (inflamed sinuses)
  • Heart disease
  • Lung cancer

Treating toothaches starts with identifying the cause. Once the underlying issue is treated, your tooth stops hurting and you can focus on your life again. An exam and possibly an X-ray will be necessary to reach a diagnosis.

Can toothaches come with other symptoms?

Beyond mild to severe pain in your tooth, you could notice other symptoms that seem unrelated. These symptoms help your dentist to identify the cause of your toothache, so you should tell your doctor any that you’ve noticed. They can include:

  • Throbbing or swelling near the tooth
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Earache
  • A bad taste in your mouth

The pain in your tooth and other areas can be dull, sharp, or throbbing. Be sure to tell your dentist how severe your pain is and how it occurs. This information can also help identify the cause.

What are my treatment options for a toothache?

The only true way to treat a toothache is to treat the underlying cause. For example, if your toothache is caused by tooth decay, the most common cause, your dentist removes the decayed part of your tooth and fills it with strong, sturdy material. To manage the pain, your dentist can prescribe painkillers or recommend:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water
  • Applying heat or cold to the side of your face

No matter the severity of your toothache, visiting Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for diagnosis and treatment puts your mind at ease and gets you closer to the relief of your pain.

If your toothache is severe and doesn’t go away, call or schedule an appointment online at one of the Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offices.