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Toothache Specialist

Lester  Martinez, DDS -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Lester Martinez, DDS

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in San Jose, CA

There’s nothing worse than a toothache. The pain is debilitating and typically indicative of a bigger problem, like an infected or decayed tooth. Whatever causes your tooth pain, the skilled team at the practice of Lester Martinez DDS can help. The dedicated, bilingual Spanish-speaking team provides gentle and effective dental treatment for all patients in San Jose, California. If you’re suffering from a toothache, schedule an appointment by phone or request an appointment online today.

Toothache Q&A

What is a toothache?

A toothache is a painful sensation in your tooth that presents itself in a variety of ways, including:

  • Sudden, sharp, and painful sensation
  • Slow and persistent throbbing
  • Increased sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet, or sour

Some toothaches are only noticeable when pressure is applied to the tooth, as in biting or chewing, while other toothaches present a more consistent pain. 

Toothaches are occasionally accompanied by other symptoms, such as:

  • Swelling in the tissues around your tooth
  • Headache or fever
  • Bad taste in your mouth

If your toothache is severe or lasts longer than a day, you should schedule an appointment with the team at Lester Martinez DDS immediately. The practice provides emergency dentistry services and can quickly determine the cause of your toothache and take measures to restore your oral health.

What causes a toothache?

A toothache is typically not a condition in and of itself but rather a symptom of another dental problem. Some of the issues that cause a toothache include:

  • A broken filling
  • A fractured tooth
  • Tooth decay or infection
  • An abscessed tooth
  • Infected gums

Toothaches are also caused by excessive chewing or grinding of the teeth.

How do you treat a toothache?

The first step in treating your toothache is to determine its cause. You and Dr. Martinez discuss your symptoms and medical history. Be prepared to tell him where your pain is located, when it started, how severe it is, and what makes it feel better or worse.

Dr. Martinez then conducts a physical exam to assess the health of your teeth, mouth, jaw, gums, tongue, throat, sinuses, ears, nose, and neck. He might take X-rays and run other diagnostic tests depending on the suspected source of your toothache.

Once Dr. Martinez determines the cause of your toothache, he prescribes a treatment plan. He may suggest any one of the following:

  • Filling
  • Root canal
  • Extraction 

If your tooth is severely infected, Dr. Martinez might also prescribe a round of antibiotics to eradicate the bacteria and reduce any fever or swelling.

Don’t suffer through the pain of a toothache. If any of your teeth hurt, schedule a visit immediately with the bilingual dental experts at Lester Martinez DDS. You can request an appointment online, or you can call the office to speak with a team member directly. Spanish-speaking team members are also available.