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The holidays are a supposed to be a festive time, and it’s the last time of the year that you want to deal with a toothache. So, before the season kicks into high-gear, you might want to think seriously about getting care for a dental problem. If the pain is great enough, chances are that someone will not have to work very hard to convince you to see your dentist. But what about a pain that is not that bad?

Sometimes, tooth pain is not constant. In fact, your tooth may only hurt for just a few seconds. It may be a sharp pain, or it may be dull, but if it is brief, and occurs when you eat or drink something cold, hot or sweet; or it occurs when you bite or chew, you should let your dentist know. You may have a cracked tooth. Unlike other kinds of tooth damage, a crack in your tooth may be very hard to see. It may be invisible during a routine dental exam, and it may be so small that it doesn’t even appear on an x-ray. But no matter how small the crack may be, it is still big enough to allow bacteria to reach the interior of your tooth and cause a cavity, or infect the tooth’s pulp. The best thing you can do is make an appointment to see your dentist and make a note of what you were doing when you felt the pain, and where in your mouth the pain occurred. That will give your dentist a starting point when he tries to locate the problem. Depending on the severity of the problem, your dentist may want to put a crown on the tooth, place a filling, or you may need a root canal.

If you have a tooth that has been giving you trouble now and then, you should make an appointment to see our dentist, David A. Browne. If you live in the McHenry, Illinois area and would like to make an appointment at David A. Browne, DDS, PC, call 815-344-6811 today. Let’s make sure you have a happy smile for the holiday season!