If that nagging toothache is still giving you problems in the New Year, it’s time to call and schedule an appointment with your dentist. Regardless of the problem, pain is a sign that something is wrong whether it be a cracked tooth, a leaky filling, or a cavity.

Your dentist explains that a dental problem will not go away on its own. A cavity will get worse, which could lead to a more painful abscess, while bleeding gums could cause gum recession. If left too long, bleeding gums could cause tooth loss.

Although there are some toothaches that may come and go with no explanation, any sort of problem that you have should be looked at as soon as possible.

If you have a cavity that isn’t filled it could lead to pulp damage eventually causing the nerves in your tooth to die off. If that happens you will need root canal therapy. Even a mild toothache that comes and goes could cause serious problems, even death.

Although it may be hard to grasp, a toothache can turn deadly. If you have pain while you chew or your teeth and gums are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures you should schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately. Any swelling or gum redness could indicate that you have an infection between your teeth and gums or inside the tooth itself. That infection could be deadly.

The number of people in the United States who have been admitted to the emergency room because of a tooth abscess is on the increase. Over the past eight years, hospitalizations for tooth abscesses, or periaphical abscesses has increased by over 40 percent. Although there is no exact explanation for this growing trend, some experts believe it is because people delay treatment because they do not have insurance or are not covered by Medicare. If this is your situation, call your dentist who may be able to help you come up with a financial solution for your dental problem.

Don’t wait until it is too late, call for a solution to your nagging toothache today.

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