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When Should I See a Dentist for My Toothache?

Posted on July 8th, 2015

woman with toothacheTooth pain can come and go for lots of people –– but how do you know when it’s serious enough to see a dentist? Generally speaking, if your pain consistently lasts for a day or two, you should call the Cary, NC dentists at Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.

Our dental experts know that many things can cause toothaches, and that it’s often necessary to treat the source of the problem as quickly as possible, as serious tooth pain can drastically affect your quality of life. The dentists at Family & Cosmetic Dentistry commonly see the following toothache causes for patients in Cary:

  • TMJ. Also known as temporomandibular joint disorder, TMJ can occur when you grind your teeth at night. The result is a large amount of tooth pain, and can, in some cases, crack your teeth. If you wake up in the morning, and your jaw feels overly tense or sore, you may be experiencing TMJ. Our Cary dentists can fit you with an overnight mouthguard to alleviate your daily pain and to prevent excessive wear on your teeth.
  • Cracked or broken teeth. An aftereffect of TMJ, sports injuries or simple wear and tear, cracked or broken teeth may not be immediately painful but can become so, especially if nerves are damaged in the process. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers dental bonding services to repair fine cracks, or, for more serious cases, can install porcelain veneers or dental implants.
  • Cavities and tooth decay. Most common in children, cavities are holes in your teeth that develop over time due to excessive plaque. Tooth decay, which is the deterioration of the outside of your tooth due to bacteria, often can lead to cavities. Both can cause a considerable amount of pain and result in toothaches. Our Cary dentists will use X-rays to determine the extent of tooth damage and then fix the problem with fillings or porcelain crowns.

Come to Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Cary, NC for Toothache Relief

The bottom line is that while many things can cause a toothache, the one thing that should send you to the dentist is consistent pain that will not go away. If you’ve been experiencing tooth pain for a day or longer, don’t delay. Call the Cary toothache experts at Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at 919.859.1330 or visit our contact page for more information, including to request an appointment.


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