Toothache: FAQs

We receive quite a lot of questions at our practice, which is something we always encourage. If we were to go over the more common inquiries that we hear, one of the topics would most definitely focus on the development of a toothache. Since its popularity means you probably feel a bit uncertain about this frustrating yet treatable issue with your smile, we encourage you to make your way through our helpful FAQs session.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Is there a single reason for a toothache? Or, does this type of pain happen for a variety of reasons?

Answer: This type of oral health concern happens for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes, it’s the immediate yet temporary irritation caused by unintentional pressure or trauma. Other times, it’s a sign that your tooth incurred serious trauma. Sometimes, it’s letting you know that you have a cavity. Other times, it’s the result of an infection. The list goes on and on!

Question: Can I cure my toothache at home or do I need to come in for a dental visit?

Answer: As you may have just noticed, the reason for your discomfort is nearly impossible to diagnose from home. As a result, you can most certainly offer yourself temporary relief by taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen and relying on a cold compress. However, you cannot cure the cause of the problem without coming in.

Question: What types of treatments might you suggest for me to address the pain I’m experiencing in my tooth?

Answer: The treatment you will need will depend on the problem that is causing your toothache. For a cavity, you will generally need a filling. For serious decay or damage, a dental crown is often best. For an infection, you may need a root canal. Schedule a visit to discover how we can help.

Schedule A Visit If You Experience A Toothache

By coming in right away when you have a toothache, you avoid letting any underlying problems lead to serious complications. We invite you to schedule an appointment with your Katy, TX dentist at Lathrop Dental Center by calling 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.