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My Mouth is Killing Me - Now What?

September 16, 2019
Woman with tooth pain

Pain in your mouth is never pleasant. The chances are that you have a toothache and need to fix the problem as quickly as possible. Once it escalates, a cavity can develop into nerve and gum damage and you might need a root canal or an extraction. Ouch!

To help you deal with your pain, the steps you should take are outlined below.

Research The Symptoms

First thing’s first - you need to be confident that it’s a toothache. Otherwise, a trip to an emergency dentist will be a waste of time. You’re not a dental expert, but the good news is that specific symptoms are a cinch to spot.

The main warning sign is a sharp, throbbing pain in your tooth. It can also be a dull ache or constant discomfort. However, it might not occur naturally. Sometimes, it only hurts when you press the area, but don’t let that fool you - it’s still an issue for an emergency dental expert. Depending on the severity of the situation, you might also have painful gums because the infected area has spread. A bad taste in your mouth is another common symptom.

A fever or migraine can be a result of other things, yet it signals toothache if it’s in conjunction with any of the above. Usually, the pain shoots up into the brain causing a headache.

Understand The Causes

Aside from researching the symptoms, you should also try and understand the causes. That way, you can definitively say it’s toothache and contact an emergency dentist. Here is a selection of incidents to keep in mind.


Tooth decay is one of the main reasons aches and pains appear in the first place. If you don’t brush twice a day and use floss and mouthwash, you probably suffer from a buildup of plaque. When it gets too much, the bacteria starts to erode the enamel away and open up a hole in your pearly whites, leading to decay. Aside from your oral hygiene habits, consider your diet too. Eating sugary foods and drinks regularly will exacerbate the problem.


An abscess in the tooth is a leading cause of toothache. Puss builds in the cavity and the pressure leads to pain and discomfort. The only way to deal with it is to drain the fluid and relieve the stress on your teeth.

Gum Disease

Your teeth and gums are interconnected, so if there is a problem with one, there will be an issue with the other. To check if you have gum issues, you should analyze their color. Pink is healthy, whereas red is angry and a sign of periodontal disease. Bad breath is another side-effect of gingivitis.

How To Fix Toothache

See an emergency dental specialist right away. At Image Dental & Orthodontics, we run a service that allows our patients to fix their problems on the day. If you act fast, you can save your teeth and maintain your oral hygiene.

Call us now on 702 803 1787 and describe your symptoms over the phone to give us all the info we need to treat your toothache effectively.

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