Toothache Dilemma: Should I Go to the Dentist?

A toothache is one of the worst type of pains one can experience. Toothaches can radiate to your jaw, head, ears and affect your entire body.  And if you don’t have a dentist you’ve been going to this can be even more painful. Unfortunately toothaches not only hurt a lot but the pain almost always lasts for several days before it goes away and often times comes back again if left untreated. So is there no choice but to go and find a dentist who can help evaluate and fix your problem? Or could you take some painkillers or antibiotics to see if the pain subsides by itself?

Pros of Going to the Dentist

1. Toothaches almost never resolve themselves on their own. If you suffer from a headache or cold you take some medications or just deal with it and it will resolve itself on its own and goes away for good. Unfortunately when it comes to toothaches the pain will not disappear by itself as the tooth responsible for the pain is still there. Toothaches will return until the source of the actual pain, which is typically a bad tooth, has been addressed. Here are some of the most common causes of pain taht you may feel inside the mouth.

  • Wisdom tooth pain. This type of pain is usually all the way to the back of the mouth where the wisdom teeth are. The pain usually arises in late teens, twenties and thirties. The wisdom tooth will hurt for up to ten days and then the pain goes away as the wisdom tooth stops pushing. But since the wisdom tooth is still in place the pain will usually return several months later if left untreated. Most of these cases require the removal of the wisdom tooth.
  • Infected teeth. This type of pain can occur at any age and on any tooth. If you have a cavity that progresses and enters the tooth nerve it becomes infected. This pain is severe, lingering and throbbing and lasts for several days and may subside temporary. But since the infected tooth is still in the mouth the infection remains and the pain will return in several weeks or months and tends to become even worse.
  • Infected gums. Sometimes you start to feel pain everywhere in the mouth and not in one specific region. This is usually due to gum disease which is affecting all of your teeth and causing them to become sensitive and loose. To treat this you need to remove the hardened tartar which has builtup on the teeth. Only a dentist clean can accomplish this and get your gums back to a healthy state.
  • Other sores and lesions which develop within the oral cavity. Sometimes pain in the mouth are due to canker sores, trauma lesions or other oral lesions. These lesions need to be evaluated to make sure they are nothing serious such as oral cancer. A dentist can identify these problems and determine what they are and what course of treatment is required.

Keep in mind that when it comes to toothache, antibiotics and pain killers may help relieve the pain, but as long as offending tooth is still in the mouth it’s basically only masking the problem not actually resolving it.

2. Less costly long-term solution. We are all aware that fixing our teeth can be quite costly but this shouldn’t keep you away from the dentist. Going to the emergency room just to be sent home with some antibiotics and painkillers and no treatment is an extra expense you don’t need. What is a filling today will become a root canal next year and an implant the following year. Basically the treatment keeps becoming more and more costly as time passes if you simply ignore it.

3. Preventing the infection from spreading to other teeth or your gums. Dental infections can gradually spread form the bad tooth to other regions. If you can’t afford to save the tooth, you are better off removing it then letting the infected tooth remain in place and cause damage to other healthy organs and tissues.

  • A cavity on one tooth can trap food and bacteria and gradually create a cavity on the adjacent teeth
  • A trapped wisdom tooth will apply pressure to the neighboring tooth and can create a cavity on the neighboring tooth. In some instances you could end up losing two teeth, the wisdom and the neighboring tooth, as the result of having not fixed the one bad wisdom tooth to begin with.
  • In the worse case scenarios you may no longer be able to properly clean an infected area of the mouth because of a single painful tooth. This will slowly trigger gum disease within the region which will compromise the health of multiple teeth in the region. In the worse cases you could end up losing several teeth instead of just the one bad tooth as a result of a widespread gum infection to that region.

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