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A toothache can be a real pain – and that’s no joke! If you’re suffering from oral pain you know how unpleasant it can be. If it’s severe enough it can take over your whole day, leaving you completely miserable!

At Overmeyer Family Dental we always have one main goal when it comes to treating patients in pain: make them feel better! There are a variety of ways we can treat toothaches just like there are a variety of reasons for them!

Tooth Decay

A decayed tooth is by far the most common reason for dental pain and by the time you’re feeling it the decay is already quite deep! The center of your tooth contains soft tissue called the pulp – it’s where all the nerves and blood vessels that keep your teeth alive reside. When a cavity gets that deep then you are usually going to feel some pain!

When decay reaches the root of a tooth there’s generally only one way to treat it: a root canal. But don’t worry – they’re nowhere near as bad as people make them out to be! In fact the goal of a root canal is to relieve pain and once yours is complete you’ll feel much better!

Abscessed Tooth

Decay that reaches the dental pulp generally results in infection – that’s why you feel the pain. When that infection goes beyond the root of the tooth and gets into your bone and gums then it’s called an abscess. They can be pretty dangerous!

Because the infection is spreading beyond your decayed tooth you’ll often experience pain along with swelling and a fever. It’s important that an abscess is treated right away to relieve pain and eliminate the infection. If it isn’t stopped it can keep spreading!

We never want to pull a tooth when we don’t have to, but depending on the severity of the abscess extraction may be necessary. Otherwise we generally treat dental abscesses with root canals.

Gum Disease

When plaque bacteria makes its way under your gumline it creates an infection known as gum disease. If you’re suffering from gingivitis or periodontitis you may experience gum sensitivity, inflammation, color change, bleeding, and gum recession. If it gets to the point where you’re experiencing serious pain then you definitely need to see us right away!

We treat gum disease at our Orlando dentist office using a state-of-the-art laser system called LANAP. We can use our LANAP laser to do the same things as traditional periodontal surgery and all without a single incision! We can eliminate infection, reverse damage, and save your teeth with quick, prompt treatment!


You would think that you’d notice a broken tooth but that isn’t always the case! Sometimes small fractures can cause serious pain and it’s important that we see you right away if you think you’ve traumatically damaged a tooth!

Depending on the severity of the injury treatment can be quite simple, like restoring a tooth with resin bonding or a metal-free crown, or it could require extraction. The best way for us to save a damaged tooth is to see you now!

The Most Important Part Of A Toothache: Prompt Treatment!

If there’s one thing you could learn about a toothache, no matter how severe, it’s that you need to be seen right away in order for us to treat you successfully and save your tooth! Your oral health can be incredibly fragile, especially when it comes to decay or an infection, so don’t take chances when it comes to your smile!

If you’re experiencing a toothache of any kind don’t hesitate to call Overmeyer Family Dental. We try our hardest to see patients in pain the same day they call!

You can reach our Orlando dentist office by calling (407) 871-3143 or you can request a non-emergency appointment by filling out our online form. We look forward to helping you!

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