When you get a toothache, at first, it might just be a little bit annoying. However, there are a few signs you need to watch out for that could mean you need to see a dentist and not ignore your discomfort any longer:
- Over-the-counter medications do not help—In some cases, the effects of a toothache can be relieved by taking over-the-counter pain medication. However, if you find that these medications make no difference on your level of pain, it is probably time to see a dentist.
- Swelling occurs—A painful tooth can cause swelling in the gums and in the face. This can be a sign of infection, especially if a fever occurs. If you discover swelling near or around your painful tooth, you should go to a dentist as soon as possible.
- Opening your mouth causes pain—When you try to open your mouth and your jaw joint hurts, there is a good chance your tooth and this joint has been harmed. The dentist you see will be able to determine what is causing both of these problems.
- The pain will not go away—When you get a toothache, the pain should be minor and not last for more than one or two days at the most. If it goes on longer than this, there could be something severely wrong with your tooth, and seeing a dentist is the best course of action.