My Tooth Hurts. Now What?

In some cases, you may find that your tooth has become increasingly sensitive, so you do not feel surprised by your toothache. In other cases, a toothache may come on suddenly, which can cause you great distress. Like most oral concerns, pain in your tooth exists along a spectrum of intensity. If you are suffering from an uncomfortable tooth, you may not know what to do next. Rather than attempting to be strong and ignore or self-treat this problem, we encourage you to visit us for emergency dentistry or an oral examination. By identifying and treating the underlying concern, we can alleviate the discomfort and return you to wonderful oral health. Not sure which type of care you need? Learn more:

Is It Tolerable?

Ask yourself how you feel about your toothache. Can you effectively chew your food? Are you moving comfortably through your day, able to go to class or work or engage in social events? If you are dealing with minor discomfort that is not causing you great distress, you are likely a good candidate for a regularly scheduled oral examination. You may be suffering from a problem like a cavity that has caused your tooth to feel sensitive. However, we encourage you to trust your instincts. If you feel like something is not right, call us immediately, so we can assist you in scheduling an appointment.

Is It Severe?

A toothache that requires emergency dentistry is one that makes you feel you cannot wait another day to be seen by us. Even taking over-the-counter pain relievers does not offer adequate relief. If you cannot move comfortably through your day or if you think something serious is occurring, contact us right away. We will schedule an urgent appointment for you to address the source of your pain and to protect your surrounding teeth and gums.


Dr. Shawn Hofkes and the staff at Cerritos Dental Surgery are highly qualified to address complex issues, including those that require oral surgery to correct. To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today by calling 562-584-4082. We proudly serve patients of all ages from Cerritos, Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, and all surrounding communities.