Knowing when to call the dentist is important, especially if you have been avoiding that nagging pain in your back molar. What started as a bad toothache a few months ago, but then went away, could be a sign of something much worse.
Tooth pain can be chronic and dull or sudden and sharp, and according to your dentist is most difficult to figure out when it comes and goes. In some cases toothaches can disappear completely only to reappear in a few months. Part of the erratic symptoms could have something to do with your body’s own healing, but a dentist can also be responsible for a misdiagnosis.
Sometimes your toothache may come and go, which your dentist explains could be a problem that is not related to your teeth or your gums. You could have angina, and inner ear infection or a sinus infection that could be causing the toothache. When diagnosing a toothache that is reappearing and disappearing, it is important to schedule appointments with both your dentist and your doctor.
A broken tooth could be to blame for toothaches that come and go. Teeth that are cracked on the inside and are difficult to diagnose when examined could be the reason for the disappearing toothache.
In the beginning, a cracked tooth will start with acute pain as the pieces on the sides of the fissure move while irritating the pulp inside of your tooth. With time, the degeneration of the pulp in your tooth will begin to become sensitive to temperatures. It may begin to hurt without hot or cold, or could just go away depending on how your pulp has reacted and how bad the infection is. Either way, it is best to have it looked at by your dentist to avoid root canal therapy.
Nerve pain in your face can often be misdiagnosed. Your dentist may think that it is a toothache resulting in unnecessary treatments such as root canals and extractions. This type of problem is difficult to diagnose, as occasionally the patient cannot even tell where the pain is coming from.
Although you may have a toothache that has not reappeared for months, it is still important to schedule an appointment with your dentist who can determine where the pain is stemming from and if treatment is required. If you are in pain, don’t ignore it. Schedule an appointment today.