My Tooth Hurts! Is it an Emergency?

My Tooth Hurts! Is it an Emergency?

We have all been there, and there is nothing quite like the pain of a sore tooth to affect your day-to-day living.  But is it an emergency?  Here are some signs and symptoms to look out for that will give you an indication that you need to come in right away!

  1. Swelling. If you have swelling associated with your tooth pain in your jaw, face or neck, you may have an infection. This is an emergency. You may need antibiotics to control infection.  Dr Mikhail will also likely take an x-ray to determine the cause of infection and how we can treat for the long term.
  2. Pain on biting. Pain on biting could be a few things.  It could signify that you have an infection at the root of the tooth or could even be a crack in the tooth.  This could also be a sign of a gum infection.  It is best to come in for an exam with an x-ray to determine the cause.
  3. Pain to hot or cold. This could be a few things.  You may have recession of the gums resulting in discomfort when drinking cold liquid.  If you have recently had a deep cavity restored, you may have residual sensitivity to hot or cold for a short amount of time after.  Pain to hot or cold could also signify an issue with the gums such as food impaction.  Again, it is best to come in for an exam to determine the cause.

Please give us a call if you are having pain in your tooth.  We save spots throughout each day to ensure enough time to see patients who are having a dental emergency related to a sore tooth.  Our goal is to get you out of pain as quickly as possible, so that you may get back to doing the things you enjoy!