A toothache is extremely unpleasant.
That throbbing pain deep in your gum is most likely an indication that the nerve in the center of your tooth is inflamed, infected, and most likely, on it’s death bed. If we are lucky, we can address the infection quickly and reverse it. But many times, the ache persists for several days and the tooth dies.
When the tooth dies, the pain can cease and we might think that we have defeated the infection and are good to go. Unfortunately, there is a good chance that this is not the case. Once dead, the nerve starts to rot and we may literally be in mortal peril if we don’t do something about it.
Bottom line: If you get a toothache, even if the pain goes away, it is critical to visit your dentist for an assessment.
Next week we will go over your options for what to do if you get the news that your tooth has died and shed some light on a confusing territory.