Toothache: When to Schedule an Appointment and What to Expect

If you are bothered by a toothache or sensitivity to extreme temperatures, it is important to schedule an appointment with your dentist in Highland Park right away. Your toothache may be due to problems like tooth decay, an abscessed tooth, a tooth fracture, infected gums, or a damaged filling.

Toothache symptoms may include:

  • Pain that is throbbing, sharp or constant
  • Swelling of the gums around the affected tooth
  • Headache or fever

You should make an appointment with your dentist in Highland Park if your toothache has lasted more than a day or two. It is also a good time to visit your dentist if you experience pain when you open your mouth wide.

What To Expect

The first step in treating your toothache is receiving your medical history and conducting a physical exam. We will then ask you about the pain, like when it started, how severe it is, its location, and what makes the pain grow worse or become better. We may need to take x-rays of your teeth.

Toothache Treatments

If the cause is a cavity, we will fill that cavity and may need to extract the tooth when necessary. You may need a root canal if the nerve of the tooth is infected. We may prescribe an antibiotic if you are experiencing fever or swelling of the jaw.

If you are currently experiencing a toothache, please contact North Suburban Dental of Highland Park to schedule an appointment.