Toothaches are very inconvenient and can be extremely painful. It may seem like nothing but good happens when it finally fades away. However, this could be far from the truth. Even though there are many different possible causes for your toothache, if it disappears without reason, this could be a bad sign and you should be seeing your emergency dentist as soon as you can. Read on to learn more about why toothaches can miraculously disappear and what course of action you should be taking.
How Do Toothaches Just Disappear by Themselves?
When you have pain in your mouth, generally this indicates that something isn’t right and that you need treatment from a dental professional. It could suggest a number of issues including a cavity, crack, or an infection somewhere in the mouth. When bacteria reach the center of the tooth, it will be excruciatingly painful at first, but over time the bacteria will eventually kill the nerves in your tooth and the pain will vanish. Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there. This is just the beginning if you don’t see your dentist.
What Happens After Your Tooth Pain Vanishes?
Once the nerves in the center of your tooth have been killed as a result of an untreated cavity, crack, or broken dental restoration, the infection doesn’t stop there. It could spread to surrounding areas in the mouth and even the jawbone, which hold your other teeth in place. If the infection spreads to other areas of the body, it can become life threatening. The best thing that you can do is see your dentist as soon as you suspect that there is an issue, especially if the pain goes away on its own. The earlier it can be treated, the better the outcome.
How Are Infected Teeth Treated?
The treatment will depend on the severity of the infection. If your dentist concludes that your tooth can still be saved, he will likely perform a root canal to remove the infected pulp of the tooth, clean it out, and seal it. If the tooth is damaged beyond repair, you may require an extraction to prevent future issues. This can later be replaced with a dental implant or bridge.
Even though things are a bit different now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, seeing your dentist to address issues like this one is the best thing you can do. Leaving an infected tooth untreated can lead to issues all over the body and increase your chances of becoming sick. Your dentist will help you get back to your busy life as soon as possible.
About the Author
Dr. Kenneth O. Gasper II is a well experienced dentist who has been practicing for well over three decades. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the LSU School of Dentistry and is a member of several professional organizations including the Colorado Springs Dental Society and the American Dental Association. He has completed advanced training at some of the leading dental institutes in the world such as the Pankey Institute and the Las Vegas Institute. For more information or to schedule an urgent appointment with Dr. Gasper, visit his website or call (719) 599-0700.