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When To Take Your Toothache Seriously

When To Take Your Toothache Seriously

Some of us have had the unfortunate experience of a toothache from time to time. It is easy to try to ignore tooth pain and hope that it will go away. But toothaches can interfere with eating, sleeping, and your enjoyment of life. They are painful and could mean that something serious is wrong with your teeth or gums. If you have persistent or severe tooth pain it is time to make an appointment with your dentist. While common, a toothache is not something to take lightly. By understanding the symptoms, causes, and ways to relieve the pain of a toothache, you will be much better informed as to when it is important to make an appointment to see your dentist.

When To Book A Dentist Appointment For Your Toothache

If you have been putting up with the pain and discomfort of a toothache for a while, it might be time to visit your dentist. A toothache may indicate a more serious oral health problem that requires immediate attention. If you experience the following symptoms, book a dentist appointment as soon as you can:

  • Severe pain from your toothache
  • A toothache lasting more than 1-2 days
  • You have an earache or fever
  • Other pain in your mouth other than from your toothache

Most symptoms will resolve on their own, however, it is best to book an appointment with your dentist if you are experiencing extended pain or symptoms that could indicate an infection.

Causes Of A Toothache

A toothache could signal a variety of concerns. Your dentist will need to examine your mouth to determine the cause. Although the pain can fade after a little while or may only be momentary, they can still point to other serious problems in your mouth. Some common causes of a toothache include:

  • Cavities
  • Abscessed tooth
  • Tooth decay
  • Damaged filling
  • Teeth grinding
  • Gingivitis

Cavities are the most common cause of toothaches. They occur when the enamel in your tooth has decayed resulting in damage to your tooth. An abscessed tooth can be especially dangerous. This occurs when the inside of your tooth becomes infected and the infection can spread throughout your whole body. Sometimes gingivitis can also feel like toothache pain, however, the pain is coming from the gum tissue surrounding the tooth. If you experience a toothache off and on, make sure to book an exam with a dentist as it could indicate any one of these causes.

Toothache Symptoms

The type of pain you can experience with a toothache can vary. The pain can be sharp or it can be throbbing around your tooth. The pain may also last for different durations of time. It can be persistent throbbing, or the pain may be momentary and only hurt when you chew or drink something cold or hot. 

Along with this pain, you should also look out for:

  • Headache 
  • Fever
  • Swelling in the gums and face 

Make Your Toothache Pain Go Away By Booking A Dental Exam

Toothaches are difficult to ignore and can cause significant pain. It is important to realize that the toothache may be a sign of something more serious. If your pain is constant or comes back regularly, it is probably time to schedule an appointment with your dentist. 

Dr. Korol Dental is a leading holistic and biocompatible dental practice in Calgary that offers dental cleanings, emergency dentistry, and more. Dr. Korol has the experience and expertise to evaluate your teeth as well as determine the cause of your toothache to help you regain a pain-free smile. To alleviate your toothache pain, contact our clinic by calling 1-403-245-9099, or by filling out our online contact form


Q: How often should I visit the dentist for a dental cleaning?
A: The Canadian Association of Dentistry recommends patients visit their dentist once every six months.

Q: Can a toothache occur in any tooth?
A: Yes, a toothache can occur in any of your teeth. 

Q: How can I alleviate my toothache pain at home?
A: If you are experiencing severe pain, book an exam with your dentist right away. In the meantime you can: 

  • Rinse your mouth out with warm salt water
  • Take over the counter pain medication
  • Apply a cold compress to the side of your cheek
  • Use floss to dislodge food particles in between your teeth


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