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When is tooth pain something to wait out, and when is it a sign of something larger?

If you’re uncomfortable, you’re not happy – and it’s our job to relieve your discomfort as quickly as possible. Tooth pain can be related to a serious problem. Or, it can stem from a minor, temporary problem that you don’t need to worry about, and that will resolve on its own. If you’re unsure which category your pain falls under, it’s better to give us a call than risk potential damage.

Read on to learn more about what might be causing your pain, and contact us with any concerns.

What Merits a Dental Emergency?

When your pain is preventing you from living your daily life, it’s an emergency. Whether this means it’s tough for you to chew comfortably, speak, or even sleep, it’s more than you should have to deal with, and probably due to a larger problem. After giving us a call, you’ll be able to visit as soon as possible, and we’ll prioritize your appointment to get you in right away.

Common Causes of Tooth Pain

  • Broken or missing dental work
  • Gum disease
  • Abrasions
  • Cavity or abscess
  • Chronic clenching or grinding (bruxism)
  • Trauma (if you have suffered a blow to the mouth or jaw, you should visit the emergency room right away)
  • Cracked or broken tooth
  • Object stuck between teeth

Each of these causes varies in severity, and we’ll diagnose the underlying problem to provide the best possible treatment. Even if you’re going to need longer-term care, we’ll do everything we can to make you comfortable in the meantime.

Don’t let tooth pain, jaw pain, or periodontal pain keep you from living your life. A simple trip to our office will help you get back to normal.

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