What Happens If I Ignore A Toothache?

Do you have a tooth that hurts? A toothache often begins as a minor complaint, but can soon develop into serious discomfort. What happens if you ignore a toothache? If you don’t seek treatment for pain in your tooth, then you run the risk of serious complications developing, complications that could lead to the loss of your tooth in extreme cases!

Frequently Asked Questions About Ignoring Toothaches

Question: What causes an aching tooth?

Answer: Pain can occur for a number of reasons. For example, temporary aches can develop as a result of pressure changes (such as when flying in an airplane) or as a result of a sinus infection. However, a persistent toothache could be a sign of something more serious.

Question: Could they be a sign of decay?

Answer: When a cavity forms, patients often experience tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks. Later, a full-on ache can form, which can cause serious discomfort. If you have an aching tooth that doesn’t subside after a day, then you should see your dentist for a diagnosis.

Question: Can ignoring pain lead to an infection?

Answer: Potentially, yes. If left untreated, decay will continue to spread until bacteria reaches the inner pulp, a bundle of living tissue that keeps your tooth alive and healthy. An infection leads to greater discomfort and a greater risk of tooth loss.

Question: How do you treat discomfort?

Answer: In most cases, we can address the issue in one visit with a lifelike dental filling. The filling will be made form a metal-free composite resin, which ensures a natural looking restoration. If you have any questions about toothaches, then please contact our office today.


Dr. Brent Engelberg and our highly-skilled team proudly serve patients and their families from Arlington Heights, IL, and all surrounding communities, including: Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Libertyville, Skokie, Evanston, Palatine, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Rolling Meadows, and the Northern and Northwest Chicago Suburbs. To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call our office today at 847-259-8030.


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