You can’t function without your morning coffee! As you’re enjoying your favorite a.m. beverage, your tooth is suddenly sensitive. It goes away on its own and fairly quickly, but you’ve noticed this sensation off and on over the past couple of weeks. Should you be concerned? Your dentist in Cupertino has answers!
When You Should Contact the Dentist
The slight twinge of sensitivity that dissipates quickly on its own most likely doesn’t need immediate attention. That being said, it actually is a great time to call your dentist and schedule your next examination. This is because sensitivity to temperature may mean that there is active decay in your tooth that might need treatment. Being proactive about calling the dentist now will prevent you from experiencing severe dental pain and may mean you can treat your tooth with a simple dental filling.
It’s the toothache that wakes you up during the night or causes lack of focus that needs some attention. This type of pain is typically indicating a dental infection, and your pain will only get worse without treatment. If your toothache doesn’t respond to Ibuprofen, lingers without going away, or is painful enough to keep you awake at night, you should call your dentist right away.
Other symptoms you should contact your dentist for are:
- A fever or chills accompanying your toothache
- Swelling and tenderness when you bite or chew
- Pain when you open your mouth or pain in your ear
What is Causing My Toothache?
There are a number of things that can cause tooth pain or an infection. A few culprits are:
- Tooth decay or a cavity – it’s important to treat tooth decay as soon as possible so it doesn’t start to cause pain
- Trauma – if you have been in an accident or had a dental injury, your tooth may be traumatized and sensitive
- A crack or fracture – this allows bacteria into the root of your tooth, which can lead to pain or sensitivity
- An abscess – this will likely cause pain and swelling indicating an infection in your tooth
- Gum disease – if your gums are irritated, red, swollen, or bleeding, gum disease may be causing your discomfort
- Wisdom teeth – third molars that are stuck (impacted) below the gum line, or come in at odd angles that can cause issues for other teeth and sometimes an infection
When You Contact Your Dentist
If you’ve decided that it is time to contact your dentist in Cupertino, they will make every effort to see you as soon as possible. Root canal therapy may be recommended for infected or traumatized teeth, while an extraction is necessary if a tooth is decayed or damaged beyond repair.
Whatever the case may be, your dentist will have you feeling better and get you back on the path to wellness in no time.
About the Author
Your team at Alpine Dental Care is comprised of three highly skilled dentists who are dedicated to your comfort and wellness. They are well equipped to handle dental emergencies and they even offer evening and Saturday appointments to better accommodate emergency patients.
If you would like to contact Alpine Dental Care, our office can be reached by calling 408-996-8611 or through or through our website.