Feeling pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. However, when most people feel pain, they simply take over-the-counter pain relievers and try to move on with their busy lives. It’s no different when pain is felt in the teeth. Serious pain in your teeth, though, can interfere with your daily functions, making simple tasks such as eating more difficult. Pain in your teeth might be nothing, but it can also be a sign of something serious. National Dental Hicksville can help.
What Causes Pain in Your Teeth?
In some cases, the pain in your teeth may not be anything at all. However, it is very important that you have an oral exam performed. Unless you know the cause of your tooth pain, there is no way to know whether or not the issue is serious, or how serious the issue is. Trying to ignore your tooth pain will often only lead to a more serious issue later on. Tooth pain can be caused by a variety of different things:
- Gum disease.
- Tooth decay.
- Your teeth or jaw may be misaligned.
- You may have an infection in your tooth.
- You may have impacted teeth.
- Facial trauma.
- Erupting teeth. Pain from erupting teeth is common in babies and young children.
Some oral health issues have tooth pain as a symptom, but there is nothing wrong with your teeth at all. For instance, when you are experiencing an issue with your sinuses, the pressure that is building up inside of the sinus cavities can put pressure on the roots of your teeth. The temporomandibular joint disorder can also present some pain in your teeth, because of the proximity between your teeth and the joint. In some cases, health issues completely unrelated to your mouth, such as heart disease, can cause painful teeth.
Symptoms that Often Accompany Painful Teeth
Sometimes, when you are experiencing tooth pain, you may also experience other symptoms as well:
- You have a fever.
- There is swelling in your gum tissue around the affected tooth.
- You have a constant bad taste in your mouth, regardless of how often you brush.
- Lingering pain.
- You might even experience difficulty swallowing or breathing.
Treating Painful Teeth
How we treat your painful teeth depends on quite a bit on what the cause of the pain is. Determining the cause of your pain is done with a thorough oral exam. We look at your teeth and your gums, checking for signs of tooth damage and tissue swelling. We may also take digital images, which will help us to evaluate the situation under your gums. We will check for things such as abscesses or damage to the teeth. This exam will allow us to get a full picture of what is going on in your mouth so that we can provide you with the best treatment possible. Treatments for painful teeth include root canals, fillings, orthodontic treatment or even oral surgery.
Can You Prevent Pain in the Teeth?
Brushing and flossing your teeth daily, and maintaining regular dental cleanings and exams are an important preventative measure for keeping your teeth healthy. However, there are some instances in which this pain cannot be prevented. You may have impacted wisdom teeth, or your teeth or jaws may be misaligned. However, getting treatment as soon as you notice an issue will help to prevent more serious complications later.
Pain in your teeth is often an indication that there is something wrong. Contact National Dental Hicksville at (516) 629-5086 to learn more and schedule your consultation today.