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When should I see a dentist about my toothache?

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See a dentist about a toothache if:

  • You have any pain, whether it goes away or not. Even short-lived pain can mean you have a dental problem that needs attention.
  • You have jaw pain that comes with a popping or clicking noise. This could mean you have temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

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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