A toothache can be cause for a variety of reasons. These may include the following, however, if you are experiencing sudden or severe pain, it’s best that you contact us and get in to see our dentist as soon as possible.

Tooth decay – Otherwise known as a cavity, tooth decay is when the hard, outer layer of the tooth or the enamel begins to decompose. This problem can affect children, teens, and adults and while it is a common and easily treatable condition, if left untreated, it can lead to much more severe complications.
Abscessed Tooth – The most common symptom of an abscessed tooth will be painful swelling in or around the affected tooth. Basically, this is an infection that needs to be taken care of as soon as possible. Your dentist will likely drill into the abscess which will allow the infection and pus to drain out, in turn, relieving pain and swelling.
Tooth Fracture – This can range from a minor chip in the outer enamel of the tooth to a more severe fracture that affects both the enamel and inner dentin of a tooth. Both of which will result in severe pain and should be treated as soon as possible to avoid further complications. Damaged Filling – While this is not considered a dental emergency, having a loose filling or damaged filling can result in further complications and should be addressed by a dentist as soon as you notice it.
Repetitive Motion – If you experience a toothache related to chewing or grinding your teeth, you should get in to see when your dentist as they will be able to diagnose the underlying cause of the pain.
Infected Gums – Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum tissue which can cause an abnormal loss of bone tissue which helps to support and hold your teeth in place. While easily treated, this can lead to more severe complications if left untreated.
Other symptoms of a toothache may include sharp, sudden pain that feels like it is throbbing. It may come and go or be constant. In some cases, pain may only appear when pressure is applied to the affected tooth.
Swelling around the tooth accompanied by a fever or an intense headache may also be a symptom of a toothache. You may also experience a foul-tasting drainage from an infected tooth.
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is time to call your emergency dentist in Brunswick, ME to diagnose and treat your toothache or other dental emergencies. In many cases, we will get you in as soon as possible and will be able to treat you on the same day.