A toothache can be the result of any number of things ranging from something being stuck between your teeth to the much more serious issue of an abscess. A tooth becomes abscessed when bacteria gets into the pulp or nerve center under the tooth enamel and the dentin layer. This happens when the enamel has been damaged due to decay or trauma. In an effort to help in determining if you actually have an abscess you should continue to monitor your symptoms until you can get in to see your dentist.

You may experience a shooting pain or it could be a steady throbbing sensation. Your tooth may become more and more sensitive to hot or cold beverages or the sweetness of some foods. Your pain may increase when you try to eat and it may continue to hurt even when you stop chewing.

Don’t be surprised if you find it difficult to pinpoint the exact source of your pain. Infection can affect an entire area making it hard to tell just which tooth has been infected. If the pulp of the tooth is completely broken down your pain may subside but that doesn’t mean that the infection won’t spread to other tissues. The only way to avoid serious dental consequences is to have regular checkups and cleanings.

Remember, your pain isn’t necessarily caused by an abscess. You can’t be sure until your dentist takes an x-ray and does an evaluation. In Cary, NC call Crescent Dental @ 919-246-8759.