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August 15, 2015

Ignoring that Toothache Could Cause Problems

If you have been dealing with a nagging pain that comes and goes it’s time to schedule an appointment with your dentist who can determine what may be causing it.

One of the biggest questions that dentists often deal with is toothaches that come and go as they please. Dentists have often seen patients who had a toothache on Monday, but by the time they sat in the dental chair on Wednesday, the pain was gone.

The Mayo Clinic explains that a toothache can be dull and chronic or sharp and sudden, but there seems to be hundreds of cases that can be quite puzzling. The erratic symptoms may have something to do with your own body’s healing power, but dentists can also misdiagnose a condition that is totally unrelated. If that occurs the patient may have to deal with an unnecessary root canal or even an extraction.

If you have a toothache that seems to disappear only to reappear a month or two later, it is important that you see both your doctor and dentist. Your dentist explains that a toothache that comes and goes could be a sign that you have angina, an inner ear infection, or a sinus infection. If your doctor gives you the all clear, it could be a cracked tooth.

A cracked tooth that is on the inside is quite difficult to diagnose, as it will not always show up on your x-rays. From the onset, your cracked tooth will start with an acute and sharp pain as the cracks can irritate the pulp that is inside of your tooth. Over time your pulp will being to degenerate causing sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. If the crack in your tooth goes untreated, it may begin to ache on its own without any stimuli such as temperature changes, biting or chewing. However, that chronic pain could suddenly disappear depending on how your pulp reacted to the crack in your tooth. The pulp may die or heal itself within a couple of months, but in most cases, the pain will usually recur. If you do not see your dentist, you may have to deal with an abscess that will most certainly result in a root canal.

Toothaches should never be ignored, and if you are dealing with the mysterious disappearing kind, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.

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