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Toothaches can affect your life in more ways than one, and they can also be a little tricky at times. If you currently have a toothache as well as multiple questions about the problem, we are happy to help you by providing the answers to the following questions:

What causes a toothache?
The cause of a toothache could be many things, including:

· Tooth decay
· Infected gums
· An impaired filling
· A fractured tooth
· An abscessed tooth
· Teeth-grinding habits
· Repetitive motions, like chewing

What are the symptoms of a toothache?
Toothaches usually involve a sharp pain in the center of your tooth or maybe a throbbing feeling. Sometimes the ache only appears when you apply pressure to the tooth while other times the ache is constant. There are also times when the ache involves swelling around the tooth, a fever or headache, or foul-tasting drainage.

When should I see the dentist about the toothache?
We want you to feel like you can visit your dentist about any dental issue whenever you feel is necessary. We do see patients, however, after they have experienced the toothache longer than two days, when the toothache is too severe to handle, or when they have a fever or earache associated with the toothache.

Now, we understand that you are more than likely to have additional questions that were not included in the blog. If that’s the case, please call Langworthy Family Dentistry now at 919-762-3239 and ask a member of our friendly dental team! We are here to help you in any way we can. Dr. Kristen Langworthy will also be happy to help you with your toothache if you simply call our office today and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. We look forward to helping you relieve your ache and improve your oral health!