Dealing with a Toothache

Dealing with a ToothacheOuch! Was that my tooth? You may be dealing with a Toothache, an ambiguous term used to describe pain in or around the tooth. And it is not any clearer from there. A toothache can be caused by any number of factors, ranging from a damaged filling and grinding teeth to an abscessed tooth, tooth decay, tooth fracture, and infected gums. The only way to know for sure what is plaguing your pearly whites is to visit your dentist.

Symptoms of a Toothache

  1. Sharp, throbbing, or constant tooth pain
  2. Swelling
  3. Fever
  4. Headache
  5. Foul-tasting drainage from the infected tooth

You should schedule an appointment with your dentist if you have a toothache that lasts longer than 1-2 days; your toothache is severe; or you have a fever, earache, or pain upon opening your mouth wide

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville, Maryland

At Leikin & Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville, Maryland, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality comprehensive dental care around. And because most procedures are performed in our office, you will rarely need to leave our watchful eye.

“We are a team of caring health professionals who provide unparalleled dental excellence and treat our patients as members of our family.”

To deal with your toothache, the dentist will first obtain your medical history and conduct a physical exam – looking at your mouth, teeth, gums, jaws, tongue, throat, sinuses, ears, nose, and neck – while asking you questions about the pain. When did the pain start? How severe is the pain? Where is the pain located? What makes the pain worse? Does anything make the pain better?

X-rays may be taken as well as other tests, depending on what your dentist suspects is causing your toothache. Treatment is dependent on the cause of the toothache.

If you have any questions about Dealing with a Toothache or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care by calling 410-747-1115 or visit You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


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