Tooth Pain: Types, Causes, and Remedies
Total Care Dental dentists know how to uncover the cause of your tooth pain and relieve it. Since most tooth pain is indicative of a larger dental problem, come in right away for treatment.
Tooth pain is defined as any pain in or around your tooth, ranging from mild to excruciating. The number one cause of tooth pain is an untreated cavity, followed closely behind by gum disease. Even if your discomfort is only mild, you should still arrange for a dental exam to ensure the rest of your mouth is healthy. Our Madison dentists at Total Care Dental have the knowledge and experience to uncover the cause of your tooth pain while relieving your discomfort. Since most tooth pain is indicative of a larger dental problem, it is best to schedule an appointment right away.
Treating your tooth pain will depend on the cause. Sharp, dull, and temperature related tooth pain have different causes and different treatments. If you are not sure when the pain initially started, try to recall the earliest instance of when you noticed the pain. This will help us to determine potential causes. Read on to identify your symptoms, possible causes, and tooth pain relief options. Then make an appointment at Total Care Dental in Madison before the pain gets any worse.
Other causes include disorders of the jaw joint, physical injury, general infection, issues with a filling or crown, and even non-dental causes like sinus problems. A toothache can be triggered by anything from a sudden change in temperature to chewing tough food. All tooth pain should be taken seriously to avoid long-term consequences like extraction or root canal. Contact our dentists to arrange diagnosis and treatment.
The cause of sharp pain may be decay, a loose filling, bruxism (clenching and grinding teeth), cold temperatures, or a cracked tooth. Sharp tooth pain usually does not last long or linger. Depending on the issue, you may need a replacement filling or root canal to stop the pain. The onset of sharp pain is usually sudden, indicating an immediate problem for your oral health.
Dull tooth pain is more serious than sharp pain because it is generally related to irreversibly damaged nerves inside the tooth. This pain is generally triggered by hot temperatures of foods and drinks, is felt for a long period of time, and originates from the nerve or pulp of the aching tooth. To relieve dull pain and correct the problem in the tooth, a root canal is typically required.
Your upper back teeth share nerves with your sinuses, which is why dull pain in your upper teeth may actually be from sinus pressure, not a dental problem.
Constant pain can indicate a tooth infection or abscess spreading from the pulp of the tooth into surrounded tissues and bone. This pain may manifest as dull or sharp, sometimes switching between the two. See your dentist right away as you may need a root canal. In the meantime, minimize the pain with ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or approved over-the-counter medications.
If you experience momentary pain from hot or cold food and liquids, there is probably not a serious problem with your teeth. The sensitivity may indicate a small area of decay, a loose filling, or an exposed root surface. While not as serious as unexplained pain, you should still arrange a meeting with our dentists to minimize your discomfort.
Dental procedures like fillings, crown or dental implant installation, and root canals may all lead to temporary tooth pain. Almost all dental procedures, including cleaning, can irritate the teeth and gums. Fortunately, any discomfort usually resolves itself within a few days. In some cases, pain may last longer.
If you have tooth pain you should see a dentist to resolve your dental problems and prevent the underlying issues from worsening. If you cannot see a dentist immediately, Total Care Dental would like to share a few at home tooth ache remedies which might offer temporary relief:
These home remedies will not cure your tooth pain, but may temporarily reduce or relieve your pain. When you are experiencing tooth pain, visit our Madison Family Dentist and receive exceptional dental care and pain relief.
Have more questions about the causes and treatments of tooth pain? Check out our frequently asked questions about tooth pain! Or schedule an appointment so we can go over what is causing your mouth to hurt.
Many people put off treating their tooth pain because they don’t have dental insurance. This can lead to permanent damage to your teeth and gums. To help our patients afford the care they need, Total Care Dental provides many dental financing plans. We also have discounts for patients without insurance.
Don’t wait in pain any longer, schedule an appointment today. Our Madison dentists are ready to help you feel better!
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