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Will Toothache Go Away/ What Happens if I Ignore My Toothache?

Hi, my name is Dr Warren Antonoff. I’m the Principal Dentist of Lifestyle Smiles.

Today we’re going to talk a very common topic, a toothache. Will toothache go away? And what happens if you ignore your toothache?

So first and foremost, when you get a toothache, you know that something’s not quite right. And the origin of the toothache is crucial.
The cause of a toothache could be due to many various factors. It could be because something is wrong with your actual tooth, or it could mean that something is wrong with the gum around the tooth. Occasionally a toothache could also be related to tight muscles, your jaw, or even your sinuses.
So, as you can see, a toothache is very complicated and it may not be where you think the problem is. So that’s why visiting the dentist, having x-rays and doing tests to assess the situation is the best way to resolve your issue.

Some toothaches are not serious and they will go away by itself and you might not get any issues. But they are rare and few and far between. Most of the time, a toothache is a serious problem and needs attention. And if you leave it unattended, the infection will get worse and will lead to bigger problems and more expensive treatments. For example, if you need a few fillings, but you don’t get them fixed and the infection reaches the nerve 6 months later, then those teeth will require root canal treatments to save. Something that would have cost you a few hundreds of dollars to fix in the first place, is now a few thousand dollars more expensive.

There are also many occasions where a patient tells me, but doc the toothache went away so I thought everything is OK… WRONG. Toothaches can be deceiving, and just because you’ve been in pain for a few weeks and now you’re not in pain, it doesn’t mean the issue is gone.
Your abscess can be dormantly growing inside your jaw, and the infection could subsequently leak out into the rest of your body, and could lead to major major health issues.

So even if your toothache goes away by itself, goto your dentist and get it checked out.

I hope this video is useful to you. If you do have a toothache and is located in Melbourne, we would love to help. Simply give us a call, direct message us on social media, or complete the enquiry form on our website. See you in the next video.

Note: All content and media on the Lifestyle Smiles website and social media channels are created and published online for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice.


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