Bad toothache? Here’s what could be going on
The feeling of dread quickly sets in when you find yourself with a cracking toothache. If you find yourself experiencing a painful toothache, it’s a sign that you probably have something very wrong with a tooth. Sound like you? Now is the time to call your dentist and book in an emergency dental appointment in Mackay.
Teeth can’t heal themselves
If you have a toothache, leaving it to get better is not an option. Your teeth can’t fix themselves like the rest of your body can. Take your skin for example, it bounces back if it gets damaged. Cut your finger or grazed your knee? No problem, clean it, whack a plaster on, and it’ll be right as rain in a few days. That’s assuming you don’t need stitches of course. Teeth however can’t do this. If you have a bad toothache, you should call us at Northern Beaches Dental in Mackay for an emergency dental appointment in Mackay.
What can happen when you ignore a toothache?
Once you have a hole in the hard enamel layer of your tooth, bacteria gets into the soft dentin area that lies beneath your enamel. An infection starts, which can only grow. At first a toothache can be a little uncomfortable, but leave it for long enough and it can become severe. The more painful it gets, the deeper it is. At some point it will reach, infect, and kill the nerve of your tooth. At this point you may stop feeling pain in your tooth, which is bad news as it means your tooth is now dead. There are no nerves in your jawbone so as the infection begins to spread deeper, you’ll have no idea how bad it is until it starts to swell. This is known as an abscess.
Abscesses are dangerous. Here’s why
They can spread quickly to your jaw, neck, blood or brain. If this happens you are in serious, life threatening danger. If you think you have an abscess, get to an emergency dental appointment in Mackay urgently.
Tooth abscess symptoms
- Sensitivity to hot, cold, or pressure
- Severe toothache
- Facial swelling
- Swollen lymph nodes in the jaw and neck.