8 doctors weighed in:
How long can I wait with tooth pain to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Not long
Teeth hurt from debris in between teeth (floss this out, rinse with mouthwash and brush), or decay into the dentum (not an emergency but see your dentist), or infection in the root (terribly painful , responds to ice on the tooth, may need a root canal).
These should be seen by your dentist. How long to wait depends upon your pain tolerance and how much damage you will ignore.

In brief: Not long
Teeth hurt from debris in between teeth (floss this out, rinse with mouthwash and brush), or decay into the dentum (not an emergency but see your dentist), or infection in the root (terribly painful , responds to ice on the tooth, may need a root canal).
These should be seen by your dentist. How long to wait depends upon your pain tolerance and how much damage you will ignore.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not long
Sometimes with a cavity you get pain, the pain goes away for a while as the cavity gets deeper and deeper and then becomes hopeless.
Don't wait. See your dentist to prevent future problem.

In brief: Not long
Sometimes with a cavity you get pain, the pain goes away for a while as the cavity gets deeper and deeper and then becomes hopeless.
Don't wait. See your dentist to prevent future problem.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Rod Zimmerman
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Earlier the better
Causes of tooth pain is usually a result of toothh decay and/or gum disease.
Deferral to seek a dentist can result in spread of infection leading to early tooth loss and/or local complications.

In brief: Earlier the better
Causes of tooth pain is usually a result of toothh decay and/or gum disease.
Deferral to seek a dentist can result in spread of infection leading to early tooth loss and/or local complications.
Dr. Rod Zimmerman
Dr. Rod Zimmerman
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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Do not wait
See a dentist asap to avoid expense and pain.
If it goes away, it usually is not the good sign people think it is. The infection is expanding and waiting can cost you the loss of your tooth.

In brief: Do not wait
See a dentist asap to avoid expense and pain.
If it goes away, it usually is not the good sign people think it is. The infection is expanding and waiting can cost you the loss of your tooth.
Dr. James Wright
Dr. James Wright
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