Tooth Pain: Types, Causes, and Remedies in Madison WI
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 #1 cause of tooth pain is an untreated cavity, followed closely by gum disease. Even if your discomfort is only mild, you should still arrange a dental exam to ensure your mouth is healthy. Our Madison dentists at Total Care Dental have the knowledge and experience to uncover the cause of your tooth pain and treat the source.
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 finding the root cause. Sharp, dull, and temperature-related tooth pain stems from different causes and requires different treatments. If you are not sure when the pain initially started, we'll help you recall your earliest instance of pain while suggesting the treatment method that will best treat the source. 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 a root canal. Make an appointment at our Madison office to arrange a 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 that should be addressed.
Dull tooth pain is more serious than sharp pain since 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. A root canal is typically required to relieve dull tooth pain.
Your upper back teeth share nerves with your sinuses, which is why dull pain in your upper teeth may actually be from sinus pressure and not a dental problem.
Constant pain can indicate a tooth infection or abscess spreading from the pulp of the tooth into surrounding 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 cause 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 rare cases, the pain may last longer.
If you have tooth pain, you should see a dentist to prevent the issue from worsening. Even the most "effective" at-home pain remedies only provide temporary relief. If you cannot see a dentist immediately, try these at-home toothache remedies for temporary relief:
Many people put off treating their tooth pain because they don’t have dental insurance. This can lead to ongoing pain and permanent damage to your teeth and gums. To help our patients afford the care they need, Total Care Dental offers dental financing plans. We even have affordable options for patients with no dental insurance.
What are my treatment options if I have a cavity?
Total Care Dental of Madison uses composite resin fillings to treat cavities. This resin fits into the hole created by the cavity and stops the decay from spreading.
When should I see a dentist if I have tooth pain?
There are a lot of causes of tooth pain. Maybe you took a hard hit to the face during a pickup football game. Maybe you bit into something hard. In these cases the pain typically subsides on its own. If there is no obvious cause of your pain you might be dealing with an abscess or cavity. Since there are so many different sources of tooth discomfort it is important to see a dentist for treatment. Your pain may be a sign of a cracked tooth, exposed root, or underlying gum disease. If your pain does not fade on its own you’ll need professional treatment.
Total Care Dental offers multi-level payment options for a variety of dental care services at our Madison, WI location. Enjoy routine checkups, cleanings, x-rays, periodontal preventative care and more without the hassle of dealing with insurance companies that don't value your time or health needs.
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