Toothache Specialist

There are few things more distracting than a throbbing tooth. The dentists at Killeen Family Dentistry in Killeen, Texas work with patients of all ages that have a toothache. They are even on hand 24/7 for those who need immediate treatment for severe pain. As a full-service dental practice, Killeen Family Dentistry provides proactive service to avoid toothaches and prompt treatment if it does happen. If you wake with an achy tooth, call the office for help.

Toothache Q & A

What causes a toothache?

Pain in a tooth is a symptom that something is going on such as:

  • Decay
  • An abscess
  • A fracture
  • A lost or damaged filling
  • An infection of the gums

Any exam for a toothache will start with a discussion about the type of pain.

Is it throbbing or sharp? Is the pain constant? Your answers give the dentist at Killeen Family Dentistry some idea of what might be causing the problem.

For example, throbbing is most likely an infection whereas a sharp pain might mean a tooth is broken or cracked.

The staff will also ask about other symptoms, such as a fever or a sore in the mouth. A foul taste in the mouth indicates drainage from an infection.

When should a patient call about a toothache?

If the pain lasts longer than a day or two, you should book an appointment immediately. If the pain wakes you up at night or interferes with daily activities, you should call for an emergency appointment.

How is a toothache treated?

The treatment plan will depend on several factors, including what causes the pain.

Often a severe toothache indicates infection. That needs to be addressed first, so the patient takes antibiotics before the dentist works on the tooth.

Every dental appointment for a toothache will begin with a comprehensive exam. The staff at Killeen Family Dentistry will ask about symptoms. They look closely not just at the teeth but at the gum, jaw, mouth, tongue, and sinuses.

If treating a pediatric patient, the dentist at Killeen Family Dentistry might suggest sedation during the exam to get a good look at everything.

Tooth decay, which causes a cavity, is one possible reason for the pain, but infections are high on the list as well. If there turns out to be an infection inside the tooth, the most likely treatment is a root canal.

A root canal treatment involves removing the infected material and cleaning of the inside of the tooth to eliminate the infection. In some cases, medicine placed inside the tooth can help prevent more bacteria growth.

Most Insurances Accepted

At Killeen Family Dentistry, we take almost every insurance and are also in-network with almost every insurance. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you have any questions.

Delta Dental
MCNA Dental
United Concordia

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3300 East Central Texas Express Way, Suite 302
Killeen, TX 76543
Phone: 254-218-6349
Fax: 254-699-3465
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