June 16, 2022
Dental emergencies can happen when you least expect them; and they often occur when it’s least convenient! That said, serious emergencies like a broken or displaced tooth usually need to be addressed immediately or else serious oral health problems can manifest. But what about severe tooth pain—when does a toothache become a dental emergency? Keep reading to learn about seven toothache symptoms that you shouldn’t ignore and why you should quickly visit your emergency dentist when you experience any of them.
1. Sharp Pain
Pain is usually the first sign that something isn’t right with one of your teeth. If you’re experiencing throbbing, persistent pain you should visit your dentist without delay so they can determine and address the source of your discomfort. Sharp pain is often associated with cavities, but sometimes abscessed teeth can also cause painful infections.
Increased sensitivity often accompanies sharp pain, but it can be caused by a variety of different things. One common cause is bruxism, a condition that causes patients to grind or clench their teeth as they sleep. However, sensitivity can also be indicative of a cavity, especially if temperature or sugar is causing extra discomfort.
3. Odd Discoloration
Your teeth will become stained and discolored over time if you consume things like coffee, wine, and tea—though, this staining can typically be addressed with various whitening methods. However, if you notice discoloration that starts to change in color from yellow to dark brown or grey, there could be a hidden problem that needs to be treated. Sometimes the pulp inside of your tooth can die and become infected, causing discoloration, and expediting the need for immediate treatment!
4. Swollen Glands
If your neck or jawline appears swollen, it might mean the infection has spread beyond your tooth! If you have an abscessed tooth combined with swollen glands, you should seek medical attention immediately; other organs in your body are potentially at risk.
5. Loose Teeth
Gum disease is treatable, but only if you catch it before it’s too late. That said, if you have loose teeth due to a toothache, you might be experiencing advanced stages of gum disease. Seeking medical attention promptly can ensure that you don’t permanently lose those teeth!
6. Swollen or Bleeding Gums
Your gums can become inflamed and bleed from time to time, but if it’s happening constantly and is paired with a toothache, you should seek treatment. This could indicate gum disease—and catching gum disease early is crucial towards effectively treating it.
7. Foul Breath or Bad Taste
If you’re experiencing constant stinky breath or a foul taste that won’t go away, it could point towards an abscessed or infected tooth. When this happens, the tooth can emit an odor that is far worse than your average case of morning breath. An abscessed tooth should be treated as soon as possible.
Tooth pain is something that everyone deals with occasionally, but it’s not something you have to live with chronically! If you’re experiencing any of these toothache-related symptoms, you should contact your dentist without delay; inaction will only increase the likelihood of a serious problem developing.
About the Author
Dr. C.J. Landry and his exceptional team at Lapalco Family Dental are pleased to serve the dental needs of the Marrero community! Dr. Landry received his dental doctorate from the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in 1982 and opened his practice in Marrero shortly after. He is proud to offer a wide range of available services including emergency dentistry. If you or a loved one is suffering from a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact the practice online or by phone: (504) 348-0080.
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