There’s nothing much worse than a toothache. It’s often accompanied by tenderness, sensitivity, and other issues.
Teeth can hurt for many reasons, and not all reasons require a trip to the dentist. However, if you find yourself wondering, “My teeth hurt. Should I go see a dentist,” then you probably should.
When My Teeth Hurt, Should I Go See a Dentist Right Away?
Any tooth pain should be checked out. Everyone has a different pain tolerance. You know what pain you can tolerate or not. When it’s excruciating and not handled by over-the-counter pain relief medicine, then go right away. Don’t bear another hour in pain, as your pain could be the sign of an abscess, or infection, that can spread.
To make sure nothing is seriously wrong though, you should go see a dentist soon if you have any tooth pain whatsoever. Tooth pain can mean many different things, one of which can simply be that the tooth has some plaque or some tartar build-up that needs to be removed. It could also be as serious as needing an extraction or a root canal treatment for an abscessed tooth.
How Soon Can I Be Seen?
Most general dentists have emergency appointments available for just this type of urgent dental care need. If you call first thing in the morning, you’re likely to be seen early. When you call, if you’re still unsure of whether you need an appointment or not, you can let them know by asking, “My teeth hurt, so should I go to the dentist?” They can help determine if you need an appointment right away or not.
Here at Joseph T. Luke, D.D.S., M.S., your dental health is important to us and we want you out of pain as quickly as possible. Contact us now at 301-880-4439 to book an appointment today for tooth pain or for an exam and preventive care at a future date! We look forward to improving your smile and making it pain free!