Waxahachie Family Dentist Explains How a Toothache May be a Serious Condition

With any medical condition, many people think that if it just a mild ache or pain, that it is not something serious. This can be especially true for dental patients. About 9% to 15% of Americans avoid seeing the dentist. It may seem like a small amount, but that equates to about 30 million to 40 million people! It is important to go to your dentist regularly.

 

You May Have a Severe Dental Issue Just from a Toothache

 

It is important to see your Waxahachie Family dentist if you experience one or more of the following symptoms:

·         Severe pain that lasts over two days after a tooth is pulled

·         Swelling of the gums or face

·         Discharge around a tooth

·         Tooth pain that continues even after over-the-counter medications are taken

·         Fever

·         Pain from a broken or knocked-out tooth

·         Jaw pain accompanied with pain in the tooth/teeth

·         Ear pain

·         Radiating pain

·         Trouble closing the jaw, eating, swallowing

·         Pain in new wisdom teeth
 

Toothaches may not only indicate a dental issue but could also be a symptom of a completely unrelated medical condition. For people with a history of trauma, chest pain, heart disease, a weakened immune system, diabetes, use/used a steroid or have a history of rashes may suggest causes of pain other than purely dental. What seems like just a toothache could be a symptom of a much more severe underlying issue.

 

The following symptoms in conjunction with a toothache or jaw pain indicate that the patient should visit the doctor or the emergency room:

·         High fever or chills

·         Recent head or face injury with headaches, nausea/vomiting

·         A facial rash

·         Any jaw pain occurring with chest pain

·         Trouble swallowing and excessive pain

·         Bleeding from gums

 

It is important to seek a professional to get a clear diagnosis of any condition. Have the contact information of your dentist, the local ER and your primary care doctor with you at all times. Recognizing symptoms early could not only save your teeth but your life!

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