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My Teeth Hurt. When Should I See The Dentist?

If your teeth have started hurting then you may be wondering when you should go to see the dentist. Our Toronto endodontists talk about when you should visit if your teeth have started to hurt.

What is Causing my Teeth to Hurt?

A toothache can bring throbbing pain to your mouth and be quite severe. This means that you will more than likely contact your nearest dentist or endodontist in Toronto as soon as possible.

There are several different signs that indicate you should see a dentist right away, in addition to pain around the tooth. These include:

  • Foul taste in your mouth or bad breath
  • Fever
  • Swelling around the tooth
  • Facial swelling
  • Bleeding in your mouth

Some of the dental conditions that may cause your teeth to hurt include:

  • Trauma to the tooth or surrounding tissue
  • Abscessed tooth
  • Infected nerve
  • Damaged dental work
  • Infections in the mouth
  • Tooth decay
  • Teeth grinding

What You Should Do if Your Teeth Hurt

If you are experiencing any tooth pain that is accompanied by bleeding you should first use a piece of gauze to ease the flow of blood. If the tooth (or a piece of a tooth) has been lost, try to locate it. Once found, dust off any debris but do not rinse with water.

If you are able to, you should then place it back into the socket and bite down. If you’re not able to push the tooth back into the socket, add some milk to a lidded container and place the tooth inside. This may help preserve the tooth and make it more likely that your dentist will be able to replace it.

If you are experiencing swelling or pain, try taking over-the-counter painkillers (while carefully following the instructions on the bottle for the recommended dose) and applying an ice pack to the area.

You should then make an appointment with your dentist or endodontist so the issue can be diagnosed and treated. Note that most dental pain will not stop on its own, and attempting to diagnose or treat the issue yourself could lead to serious issues long-term.

Depending on the cause of the pain, our endodontists at Endodontic Specialists in Toronto may either tell you that you should come to our office right away for treatment or make an appointment to see you as soon as possible.

You could also bookmark our website or search 'dentist or endodontist near me' and as one of your closest neighbourhood dental offices, we will more than likely appear.

If you have experienced trauma to the tooth that has caused a fracture or breakage, or if you are in severe pain that you are unable to manage yourself, call our office as soon as you are comfortable and safe.

If your dental situation is not an emergency then there are a few things that you can do while you wait to be seen:

  • Rinse your mouth using salt water
  • Record your pain
  • Keep your teeth clean
  • If the tooth is broken, apply a piece of gauze over the jagged edge of the tooth

Are you experiencing a toothache? Our Toronto endodontists can examine your tooth and provide treatment options to help relieve your pain.

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