Talking About Toothaches

FAQ BoardThe sharp and throbbing pain of a toothache can be debilitating for even the bravest of us. There are many causes that can lead to similar pain in your mouth, so how do you know when you should see a dentist?  Southlake dentists, Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron, offer you some toothache FAQs.

Toothache Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What are Some Causes of Toothaches?

A1. Common causes of toothaches include:

  • Tooth fractures
  • Tooth decay
  • Damaged fillings
  • Infected gums
  • Abscessed teeth
  • Chewing gum too frequently
  • Teeth grinding

Q2. When Should I See A Dentist?

A2. If your toothache is so severe or persistent that you are unable to do regular activities, have to call in sick to work, or find the pain simply unbearable, you should take immediate action. Especially if your toothache lasts for more than one or two days, you would be wise to call your dentist. Should your severe tooth pain be accompanied by a fever, seek medical attention immediately.

Q3. What are Common Treatments of Toothaches?

A3. Though answering dozens of questions when you have a toothache is not very fun, your dentist will need to conduct a brief medical history to figure out the source of your pain. Try to be prepared to answer questions about when the pain started, what triggered the toothache, and what makes the pain worse. You will be given an examination that could include X-rays. The majority of toothaches are from tooth decay. If a cavity is the problem, a filling or extraction will likely be advised. Root canal procedures are recommended in certain cases where tooth decay has gone into the pulp of a tooth. In cases of severe infection, antibiotics might be prescribed.


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. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.