Don’t Put Off Treatment For A Painful Tooth

woman with dental pain sitting in dental chair before treatment

Americans, in general, are great procrastinators. Busy work, family, and social schedules make it easy to put off things that should be done. People often battle between what is “important” and what is “urgent” because over packed schedules typically do not allow for both. Yet, it is inevitable that things will come up that demand attention – and a painful tooth is one of them. People have gotten themselves into a whole host of troubles by ignoring the first signs of a painful tooth. What you need to know is that a toothache is usually a symptom of a greater problem. Ignoring the symptoms will not make the issue go away, it will only make it worse.

As a whole, the body is a complex machine made up of many different working systems. The mouth is seen as one system, made up of 32 individual teeth that each have their own lifeline. While each tooth is an individually living feature of the mouth, all of the teeth work together to support one another, support the jaw bone, and give structure to the facial appearance. Ignoring an issue with a single tooth can compromise the health of the entire mouth, which is why it is so important to bring a painful tooth to your dentist’s attention.

Some causes of a painful tooth are relatively small and simple – at first. A common cause for a toothache is having a piece of food trapped between the tooth and gum line. Popcorn kernels are notorious for getting stuck and causing pain. While you may feel silly going to the dentist for a toothache only to learn that a popcorn kernel or some other bit of food was stuck in your mouth, this truly is a dental concern. If any trapped food is not removed, it will begin to rot inside the mouth. Rot leads to foul breath and infection, and infection leads to severe pain and severe dental issues.

A cracked, broken, or damaged tooth is another common cause for a toothache. Because each tooth has its own lifeline and root system, any damage to a tooth can cause discomfort. Most cracked and broken teeth can be repaired without significant dental work.

The most serious cause of a toothache is infection – and you will know when this happens because of the excruciating pain that comes with it. An infected tooth generally occurs because the above causes were ignored for too long. Most of the time, a severely infected tooth will require extraction and extensive dental work to repair the mouth.

Don’t put off treatment for a painful tooth. Contact Peninsula Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today!

Posted on behalf of Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

538 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

Phone: (843) 507-5481

FAX: (843) 577-4653


Monday - Thursday 8am - 5pm
Lunch break: 1pm - 2pm

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Dr. James B. Wisner

Dr. James B. Wisner was raised in Charleston and attended Porter-Gaud High School. He graduated from The Honors College at The University of South Carolina in 1996 and received his D.M.D. degree in 2002 from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Wisner served in Las Vegas, Nevada and Spangdahlem, Germany as a Captain in the United States Air Force for three years where he completed an AEGD residency and was certified in Intravenous Conscious Sedation.

Dr. Caitlin McPherson

Dr. Caitlin McPherson was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. A graduate of Porter Gaud High School, she went on to receive her Bachelors of Science from Clemson University’s Calhoun Honors College. Dr. McPherson earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine. She is an active member of The American Dental Association and The Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. McPherson performs all aspects of general dentistry and is Invisalign certified. Dr. McPherson especially enjoys treating pediatric patients.


538 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

Phone (843) 507-5481
Fax (843) 577-4653

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Monday - Thursday 8am - 5pm
Lunch break: 1pm - 2pm

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