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What should I expect if I see a dentist about a toothache?

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If you seek dental care about a toothache, generally:

  • The dentist will examine your teeth and may take an X-ray to diagnose the origin of the pain and make treatment recommendations.
  • If there are signs of infection, the dentist may prescribe an antibiotic.
  • Treatment for TMJ may include a mouth guard to prevent tooth grinding, stress reduction techniques, or surgery.

From: Toothache Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Handling Dental Emergencies."

American Dental Association: "Dental Emergencies" and "TMJ/TMD (Facial Pain)."

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: "Emergency Care."

Merck Manuals: "Toothache and Infection."

 

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on February 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Handling Dental Emergencies."

American Dental Association: "Dental Emergencies" and "TMJ/TMD (Facial Pain)."

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: "Emergency Care."

Merck Manuals: "Toothache and Infection."

 

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on February 12, 2018

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