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Sharp. Dull. Throbbing. Each of these words can describe a toothache, and they may help the dentist identify the cause of your pain. Toothaches can make it hard or even impossible for you to eat, talk, sleep, and function throughout your day.

Whatever you think the cause is, it’s never a good idea to ignore pain. At the dental office of Richard L. Rodgers II, DDS, FAGD, in Atlanta, GA, we can (1) get you out of pain, (2) determine the cause of your toothache, (3) treat the issue, and (4) work with you for a plan to lower your risk of a repeat experience. If you or a loved one is suffering, call our office today at (404) 577-6620 to schedule an emergency dental appointment. We will try to see you the same day you call.

Common Toothache Causes

There are plenty of toothache causes, but we’re going to cover the most common ones here:

  1. You have a cavity: When the enamel on your teeth decays, a hole forms—this is a cavity. If it grows deeper, coming close to the nerves inside your teeth, it will be especially painful. Most people can feel the symptoms of a cavity months before an unbearable toothache. It’s in this early phase when you should see Dr. Rodgers. Without treatment, a mild toothache that could have been treated with a filling can advance to require a crown or root canal.
  2. You fractured a tooth: Eating hard foods or getting hit in the face with a football can break or crack a tooth. It’s common to feel pain after trauma to your mouth, but if it doesn’t clear up after a couple of days, a visit to your dentist should be a priority.
  3. Your wisdom teeth are coming in. If you don’t have enough room for your wisdom teeth to develop correctly, they will push on neighboring teeth or cause inflammation or infection in your gums. Many patients have their wisdom teeth removed to remedy the pain. However, if your pain is only caused by the teeth erupting, and your mouth is large enough to accommodate them, sometimes ibuprofen can provide pain relief until the teeth break through the gums. The only way to know if your mouth is large enough for your wisdom teeth, and to rule out impaction, is to visit Dr. Rodgers for an x-ray and exam.  
  4. You grind your teeth at night. Misalignment of your teeth, anxiety, stress, and other medical conditions can cause bruxism, or teeth grinding. If your tooth pain is partnered with a tight jaw, sore face, or dull headache, you could suffer from TMJ disorder. Dr. Rodgers can examine your jaw to see if you have TMJ disorder or if your bruxism is caused by something else. He may suggest a night guard to protect your teeth.
  5. Your gums are receding. If your pain flares up when you eat hot or cold foods, gum recession may be the cause. Gum recession usually stems from gum disease. As gums pull away from teeth due to bacterial infection, teeth roots are exposed. The roots of our teeth are not protected by enamel, so when they encounter temperature changes or pressure, you feel pain.  Treating gum disease can often promote natural restoration of gum tissue. In some cases, gum grafting may be required.

Payment Plans

No one should have to live with toothache pain, but many do because of cost. Our friendly staff can work with your insurance company to get you maximum benefits. We also accept CareCredit®, which offers low- and no-interest rate financing for patients. Rest assured, we’ll always give you an estimation of fees upfront so you will know what to expect. We won’t surprise you with unexpected costs. 

Visit Your Atlanta, GA Dentist Today

Whatever the cause of your toothache, don’t ignore it. When the problem is detected and treated early, you can avoid potential pain and expensive procedures. Allow Dr. Rodgers to examine your teeth to find the root cause of your toothache. Contact our professional, welcoming team online or by calling (404) 577-6620.

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