Causes of Tooth Pain

The number one reason people seek out the services of a dentist is because of tooth pain.  Many people have a fear and anxiety about going to the dentist but if the toothache becomes bad enough, the need for relief outweighs the fear of the dentist.

Pain is a protective response that informs us when something is wrong in our bodies.  Tooth pain is caused by a reaction of the nerves inside the pulp chamber of the tooth.  How severe the pain is depends on the type and the degree of stimulus.

My Teeth Are Sensitive To Hot and Cold

If you are experiencing sensitivity to hot and cold liquids or foods, it could be due to a small area of decay, a loose filling or the gum has receded and exposed the root surface.  It can even be caused by abrasion from the toothbrush.

If the gum is receding and the root surface is exposed, you need to make sure you keep it clean and free of bacteria.  You can use a soft toothbrush and a toothpaste that is made for sensitivity.  This is not a long term solution so come into the office as soon as you can to get the problem corrected.

Have You Had Recent Dental Work

If you have had recent dental work, the pulp tissues of the tooth may have become inflamed.  The sensitivity shouldn’t last but for a few days.  If you have had a crown or filling placed it could last a little longer.  A mild pain reliever such as acetaminophen, asprin or ibuprofen should help in managing the pain.  If the pain becomes and worse and persist for a longer period of time, then call our office right away.

What If The Pain Is Sharper or Throbbing

Throbbing or sharper pain most likely is the sign of a much more serious problem.  You could have a loose filling or a fractured tooth.  Whichever is the case, you need to see us right away.

If the filling is loose, then we will inspect to see if there is any further decay and the filling will be replaced.  If the pulp tissue is damaged, you may need root canal therapy to clean out the damaged pulp, disinfect the root canal then fill and seal the tooth.  If there is a crack in the tooth, then the treatment will depend on where the crack is located and how deep it is.

Lingering Pain

This type of pain normally means that the pulp is inflamed or even dying.  It is most likely because of deep decay or trauma the tooth has experienced.  You will want to get this treated right away as it could lead to the tooth becoming abscessed.  This too will lead to the need for a root canal.

Pressure In The Upper Teeth

Some people experience pressure and pain in the upper teeth and the sinus area.  The reason you feel this type of pain or pressure is because the back teeth and the sinus area share the same nerves.  Many people who have a sinus infection or a cold experience this type of oral pain.

Severe Pain and Inflamed Gums

If the pulp tissue is acutely infected, inflamed and dying, you will most likely experience a very sharp and severe pain.  This occurs when decay is coming very close to or entering a nerve.

You may even develop an abscess which is the result of infection around the tooth and in the bone.  Sometimes this is evidenced by a puffy red knot around the infected area.

What You Need To Do

You should never ignore oral pain of any sort.  Pain is a sign that a problem exist and if left untreated, it can cause you further pain and expense.

If you have tooth or teeth pain, then call our office right now.  We will work hard to get you out of pain and feeling great again.

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