Toothaches Specialist

Douglas M Sheets, DDS

General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentist located in Federal Way, WA

Tooth pain might be minor at first, but without treatment, it can spell trouble. Douglas M Sheets, D.D.S in Federal Way, Washington, can get to the root of the problem. Dr. Sheets performs an in-depth evaluation to determine what's causing your pain. Next, he helps you choose the right treatment. Prompt care for toothaches can prevent costly, painful problems down the road. If you're suffering from tooth pain, don't delay. Dr. Sheets provides fast, effective relief. Call the office today or request an appointment online.

Toothaches Q&A

What is a toothache?

Toothaches are a common dental concern, and most patients experience tooth pain at least once or twice during their lifetime. If you have a toothache, you may feel a dull or throbbing pain, or your tooth may be sensitive to heat, cold or pressure. Sometimes, tooth pain can be sharp or stabbing.

Tooth pain can suggest a serious underlying dental problem. That's why it's important to see a dentist right away. During your visit, Dr. Sheets gets to the root of the problem. He identifies the source of your pain and provides treatment to correct the problem. 

What causes toothaches?

Toothaches are often a sign of decay. In their early stages, cavities can cause mild sensitivity. If left untreated, your cavity might cause more severe pain, which may lead to developing more exteme issues, such as a dental abscess. This type of infection can be serious or even life-threatening. Contact Dr. Sheets right away if you suspect an abscess.

A toothache could also be a sign of impacted teeth. An impacted tooth can't shift into the correct position. Instead, the tooth becomes stuck in the gums or bone. Impacted teeth are most common in children and young adults. Patients with an impacted tooth might need surgery to resolve the problem. 

Sometimes, health issues in other areas can trigger mouth pain. If you have sinus problems or certain nerve conditions, you might develop referred tooth pain. In rare cases, heart disease may appear as tooth or jaw pain. Dr. Sheets performs an in-depth evaluation to check for these health concerns.

How are toothaches treated?

Dr. Sheets treats toothaches at the source. First, he determines the cause of your toothache. Next, he recommends a treatment to correct the problem.

If your toothache is caused by a dental problem, Dr. Sheets provides restorative care. He may remove decay and fill a cavity or prescribe antibiotics to treat an oral infection. In some cases, you may need a root canal to treat an abscessed tooth. Thanks to the latest dental technology, this procedure involves little to no pain. Dr. Sheets uses a gentle touch to clear away infected material and restore your tooth.

In the event of an impacted tooth, Dr. Sheets makes arrangements for oral surgery. He also provides care for gum disease and broken teeth.

If your pain results from another condition, Dr. Sheets helps you get in touch with the appropriate medical provider. He offers ongoing care to make sure the problem is resolved. After treatment, Dr. Sheets continues to provide checkups, cleanings, and other routine dental care. 

How can I prevent toothaches at home?

Good oral hygiene is your best defense against toothaches. Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Every six months, visit the office for a comprehensive checkup and cleaning. Dr. Sheets can provide other tips to keep your teeth healthy. 

Are you suffering from tooth pain? Don't put off your next appointment. Call the Douglas M Sheets, D.D.S office today or request an appointment online.