4200 Columbia Rd, Martinez, GA 30907



Find out why you may be dealing with a toothache.

Are you noticing that your tooth hurts whenever you bite down or chew? Noticing an achy, pounding or throbbing pain in your mouth? Yikes! You’re probably dealing with a toothache. Our Augusta, GA, family dentist Dr. John Massey knows that a toothache is the last thing you want to deal with; however, here’s why you need to see a dentist right away,

It could be a cavity

This is one of the most common causes of a toothache. Since decay will continue to spread throughout the tooth it’s important that you seek immediate care from our family dentist and his team here in Augusta, GA, to prevent the cavity from getting worse. A cavity can destroy both the enamel and dentin layers of a tooth, and even cause an infection within the tooth if it’s not treated quickly enough.

You may have a damaged tooth

You may assume that because your tooth looks fine that it is fine, but that isn’t always the case. Not all cracked or broken teeth show a visible crack or cause pieces of the tooth to break off. A toothache is typically the first sign that you are dealing with a fractured or cracked tooth, and the pain may get worse when chewing or biting down on the tooth. You may also notice lingering tooth sensitivity to extreme temperatures.

You could have gum disease

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and this disease affects millions of Americans. While you may just assume the gum disease only affects the gums, this isn’t true. In fact, one symptom of gum disease could be tooth pain accompanied by tender, swollen gums. During gum disease, the gums begin to recede, which can expose the roots of the tooth and potentially cause a toothache.

While all routine visits and appointments are on standby due to coronavirus, our family dentist team here in Augusta, GA, is still providing treatment and care dealing with dental emergencies. So if you find yourself waking up in the middle night with a toothache give Augusta Smile Care a call at (706) 868-1322.

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John D. Massey, DMD
4200 Columbia Road
Martinez, GA 30907