One day, your tooth started hurting seemingly out of nowhere. The pain was so excruciating that it kept you from focusing on work, enjoying hobbies, and even sleeping! You were just about to give your dentist a call when suddenly, your toothache just … stopped. You felt so relieved that you didn’t give it a second thought. However, a toothache that fades away often indicates a serious problem. Here’s what you need to know if your toothache suddenly disappears.
Reasons Why You Might Have a Toothache
Tooth pain is usually caused by either infection or decay (also known as cavities). In the early stages, these problems often don’t hurt. It isn’t until the cavity or infection grows larger that it starts causing pain.
Generally, pain is your body’s way of telling you that there’s a problem. Many people believe that a minor toothache every now and then is no big deal, but they couldn’t be more wrong – especially if the toothache goes away.
What Does It Mean If Your Toothache Suddenly Disappears?
At first, you might feel overjoyed that your pain has subsided. However, that doesn’t mean everything is back to normal.
Your initial toothache was likely caused by decay finding its way to the bundle of nerves in the center of the tooth (called the pulp). The infection then raged on, destroying the tooth’s nerves and rendering them unable to register pain.
If the infection is not treated, it could spread to your jawbone and weaken it to the point that some of your teeth may loosen or even fall out! Not to mention, the infection could reach your bloodstream, where it could wreak havoc throughout your whole body.
How to Save Your Tooth
Fortunately, there may be a way to save your tooth – call your dentist. In most cases, you’ll need a root canal. While root canals might sound scary, modern dental technology has made it about as comfortable as getting a simple filling. Your dentist will remove the infected pulp (including the nerves) from inside your tooth. Not only do roots canals target the infection at the source, but they also relieve your pain.
While you should always contact your dentist at the first sign of a toothache, you should especially do so if said toothache stops. Getting the treatment that you need in a timely manner could mean the difference between losing and saving your tooth!
About the Practice
Our husband-and-wife dental team at Dentistry at Suwanee, Dr. Katherine Lee and Dr. Brian Lee, are dedicated to using their expertise to get patients in the Suwanee, GA community out of pain. They are able to provide root canal therapy in-house, and they always keep time in their schedules for patients with dental emergencies, including toothaches. To learn more about what to do if your toothache disappears, visit their website or call (678) 381-2875.