If you are having any tooth pain, you should contact your dentist. This can be a sign of decay and cavities. You also shouldn't wait for pain to see your dentist. By scheduling regular visits for screenings and cleanings, you can help prevent this problem before it's too late.
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American Dental Association answered
Saul Miller, Dentistry, answered
The time to call your dentist if you become aware of tooth decay is NOW!
The better time to call is before you become aware of the decay, when the involved area may be smaller and therefore easier to treat. Also, there may be less chance of sensitivity and pulpal involvement.
Of course, as with many other problems with our body and in our mouth, it is always a good idea to remember, "don’t wait till it hurts."
You should make an appointment with a dentist if:
- You have not seen the dentist in 6 months to a year.
- You have a toothache. Sometimes a toothache will go away for a while, but the tooth decay will continue. A constant toothache that does not go away could mean that you have severe decay, and you may lose your tooth.
- You have swelling in your gums near a sore tooth. This may mean that there is severe tooth decay or an abscessed tooth.
Watchful waiting is not appropriate for a toothache. If you ignore the decaying tooth after the pain goes away, the tooth may become seriously damaged.Who to see - A dentist is best able to evaluate your tooth decay and pain.
If you have severe decay, the dentist may refer you to a specialist, such as:
- An endodontist, who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of problems of the pulp.
- An oral or maxillofacial surgeon, who specializes in removing teeth and other mouth surgeries.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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