Toothache Diagnosis in Dental Assisting
Helping patients diagnose toothaches is a common practice for a dental assistant. Many assistants will help encourage their patients to be able to spot symptoms of a toothache and what is required for healthy teeth.
A toothache can be an indicator that something else could be wrong with the patient’s dental hygiene. A dental assistant will often talk to the patient about what to look out for to help spot poor hygiene habits.
The dental assistant will often inquire whether the patient’s teeth really sensitive to either hot or cold food or drinks. Many dental assistants will ask about this because they are figuring out what level of pain is happening along with if it comes or goes. If the pain is coming and going then that usually means its a normal reaction to the hot or cold foods. However, if the pain is very extreme then that can be an indication that something is wrong and need to be seen right away.
X-rays can help a dental assistant see what is going on with the tooth along with helping show them if any other underlining issues are going on like abscesses or even cavities.
Many times when a dental assistant is checking a toothache they can also see if that is causing other areas to have pain such as the head, ear or even neck regions. All these areas are connected and a toothache could help diagnose something else going on with the body.
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Dr. K. Pat Brown