Toothache

Sonoma Endodontics

Dr. Tina Vani

Endodontist located in Petaluma, CA

When you have pain in a tooth, it may indicate an infection that penetrates deep below the enamel. Such pain calls for the expert care of an endodontist such as Dr. Tina Vani of Sonoma Endodontics. If you live in Petaluma, California, or the surrounding area, call her office or book an appointment online have her diagnose and treat your tooth pain.

Toothache Q & A

What causes a toothache?

A toothache can result from a number of issues, such as:

  • Severe tooth decay
  • Tooth fracture or cracking
  • Damage to an existing filling
  • Gum infection
  • Tooth abscess

What are the symptoms of a toothache?

Pain is a clear sign that something is wrong with a tooth. This pain may be constant or intermittent and especially severe with you apply pressure to the tooth. Other common indications that a tooth may be infected include:

  • Swelling in the gums and cheek surrounding the tooth
  • A foul taste in the mouth
  • A pimple on the gums

How is a toothache diagnosed?

Dr. Vani obtains a thorough medical and oral health history from you. She also takes X-rays to evaluate the inside of your tooth and performs a complete exam of all the teeth in your mouth. This exam involves looking at your gums, cheeks, tongue, jaws, and sinuses.

She reviews your symptoms, finding out when the pain started and how it manifests. She wants to know if it’s sharp or aching and what strategies help you find relief.

How is a toothache treated?

If Dr. Vani determines that your pain is due to an infection deep within the tooth, she may recommend a filling or, more likely, a root canal. A root canal is indicated when bacteria has infiltrated the pulp of your tooth -- the internal area that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.

During a root canal, Dr. Vani makes a small hole, removes all trace of infection, and fills your tooth with a biocompatible substance. She fills the tiny hole and arranges for a crown to cap the treated tooth, so it functions just like your other natural teeth.

How can I avoid getting a toothache?

Pristine oral hygiene habits can prevent the decay that causes tooth pain. Brush two or more times daily and floss every day, too. Regular dental visits that involve a professional cleaning and check-up also help prevent and identify problems before they escalate to something more serious.

If you have pain in a tooth, don’t wait for it to become worse. Call the office of Sonoma Endodontics or book an appointment online to get at the source of your pain.