Toothache Specialist

The Van Orman Dental Group

Jeffrey B. Van Orman, DMD

Dentist located in Southwest Metro Area, Lake Oswego, OR

A toothache can bring about severe and prolonged pain that keeps you from eating, sleeping, and enjoying normal activities. Jeffrey Van Orman, DMD diagnoses and treats all types of toothaches at the Van Orman Dental Group in Lake Oswego, Oregon. If you’re suffering from a toothache, call or click online to schedule an appointment with Dr. Van Orman today.

Toothache Q & A

What is a toothache?

Almost everyone experiences a toothache at some point, although the intensity can vary greatly depending on the cause and severity of the condition. Some toothaches involve mild discomfort, while others are so painful you can’t eat or sleep.

You may experience temporary tooth sensitivity related to hot or cold foods and drinks, or a constant, throbbing pain that lingers even without chewing.

What causes toothaches?

Many conditions can cause tooth pain, some of which are potentially serious medical problems that require emergency treatment. Common causes of toothaches include:

  • Tooth decay
  • Cavities
  • Cracked or chipped tooth
  • Fractured tooth
  • Loose or dislodged tooth
  • Dental abscess
  • Tooth trauma or injury
  • Loose or damaged fillings
  • Infected gums

If you had an accident that resulted in a tooth injury, or suspect you may have an infection, it’s important to call Dr. Van Orman immediately. These issues may lead to further damage if left untreated.

When should you see a dentist for a toothache?

You should schedule an appointment with Dr. Van Orman any time you have tooth pain that bothers you. Your situation may require emergency dental treatment if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe, persistent tooth pain
  • Redness or swelling in your gums
  • Fever
  • A bump that looks like a pimple on your gums
  • A knocked-out or damaged tooth
  • Foul-smelling breath
  • A draining wound inside your mouth

How do you diagnose and treat a toothache?

First, Dr. Van Orman performs a thorough dental exam and asks questions about your toothache symptoms. He may take digital X-rays to assess your teeth.

Once he determines the cause of your toothache, Dr. Van Orman discusses the best options for treatment. Depending on your situation, this may include tooth restoration procedures such as:

  • Metal-free fillings
  • Root canal treatment
  • Crowns and bridges

If you have an infection, he may also prescribe antibiotics. Dr. Van Orman understands how debilitating a toothache can be, which is why he offers treatments that take care of pain and get you back to your normal routine as quickly as possible.

If a toothache is interfering with your ability to enjoy life, call the Van Orman Dental Group or book an appointment online today.