If you want to find a dentist in Southlake, Tx, it can be as simple as asking your smartphone. The advancement of technology has allowed us to hold knowledge in the palm of our hand. Usually, what we need to know is easily discovered with a few taps of the thumb. However, knowing why a toothache persists, or why your gums continue to bleed, even though you brush twice a day, remains speculation unless you schedule a consultation with a dentist to examine your oral health. Dr. Heron and Dr. Wright in Southlake, Tx offer treatment for toothaches and infected gums.
Why Do I Have A Toothache
A toothache can persist for a variety of reasons, but the primary reason for the discomfort is generally tooth decay. Nonetheless, some of the following, but not all, are possible reasons for a toothache:
- Gum disease
- Grinding teeth (Bruxism)
- Tooth trauma
- Abnormal bite pattern
Which Symptoms Accompany Toothaches?
Symptoms of a toothache may be difficult to diagnose without a thorough examination by your dentist. For example, pus near the source of pain could mean an abscessed tooth; it could also mean you have gum disease, which is accompanied by inflammation of the soft tissues, bleeding of the gums (gingival), and, in advanced stages, abnormal bone loss surrounding the tooth.
If you experience any of the following symptoms paired with a toothache, contact Dr. Heron and Dr. Wright as soon as possible to ensure that treatment can begin to restore your oral health to an optimum state:
- Difficulty swallowing or breathing
- Inflammation of soft tissues surrounding infected tooth
- Pain when you bite
- A foul-tasting secretion
- Continuous reocrruing pain
How To Alleviate The Pain
If a toothache persists, you should see a dentist as soon as possible for examination, diagnosis, and treatment. An untreated toothache can worsen. However, if you are not able to schedule an emergency appointment, the following at-home treatment may alleviate some of the discomfort until you can see a dentist:
- Warm salt water rinse
- Floss your teeth gently to remove lodge food particles between teeth
- Some over-the-counter pain relievers will reduce discomfort (be sure to follow instructions on bottle for the correct dosage)
- If you experience trauma, a cold compress applied to the outside of cheek may reduce pain and swelling
About Dr. Heron and Dr. Wright
As a native Texan, Gregory Wright DDS opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. If you have a persistent toothache, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.