Common causes of tooth pain:
Cavities and tooth decay
If you experience tooth pain or a toothache, CALL US IMMEDIATELY FOR EMERGENCY DENTAL SERVICE.
Even mild pain in your teeth can be a sign of a serious underlying issue. Prompt treatment of dental problems that cause pain in your teeth can prevent bigger problems down the road.
Tooth pain can vary in severity. You may experience sharp, severe pains that happen suddenly when you take certain actions. The pain may be throbbing or constant. You may experience swelling, fever, or headache. You may not have any visible symptoms. Even if your tooth pain doesn't seem severe, come to us as soon as you can for diagnosis and treatment.
Treatments for tooth pain caused by cavities and tooth decay:
Tooth infection/abscessed tooth
If you experience incessant, throbbing pain in one or more of your teeth, you may have a tooth infection or an abscessed tooth. Infections and abscesses are usually the result of a deep cavity caused by severe tooth decay, gum disease, or a severe injury to a tooth that cracks the enamel.
When bacteria get into cavities or cracks in your teeth, it can infect the pulp and nerve inside of your teeth and cause severe pain. If the infection is left untreated, a pocket of pus called an abscess forms, causing even more discomfort. If the abscess is left untreated, the infection could spread to the jaw, other teeth, and surrounding tissues.
Treatments for tooth pain caused by tooth infection or abscessed tooth:
Root canal - If your tooth infection has gotten to the point where it causes you severe pain and/or has produced an abscess, you may need a root canal. Click to learn more about root canals. Dental implants
- If your tooth is severely infected, it may be so damaged that it cannot be saved with a root canal. The tooth may need to be removed and replaced with an implant and crown that looks and functions just like a natural tooth. Click here to learn more about dental implants.
Teeth are strong, but they’re not invulnerable to damage. If you bite down on something hard, get hit in the face or mouth, fall, your teeth can break, especially if they’ve already been weakened by tooth decay.
Breaking a tooth can be a painful experience by itself. If the break is left untreated, bacteria can infect the pulp inside of your teeth, leading to an infection or abscess that exacerbates the pain and can lead to further infections in your jawbone, other teeth, and surrounding tissues.
Treatments for tooth pain caused by a broken tooth:
If you've had a cavity filled and the filling is damaged, the results can be quite painful. Don't wait to get your cracked fillings fixed! Waiting can lead to further tooth decay and infection, the very things that your filling was meant to prevent.
Treatments for tooth pain caused by damage fillings:
If you grind or clench your teeth together, it can cause tooth pain. The source of the pain may be the tightness and soreness of your jaw muscles caused by the constant exertion of grinding. Grinding may also wear your teeth down, and even crack or chip them. These cracks and chips could expose your tooth pulp, which causes sensitivity and can lead to infections if left untreated.
Treatments for tooth pain caused by tooth grinding:
Inflammation in your sinuses can cause pain that you feel in your teeth. Several sinus passages lie behind your cheek bones in very close proximity to the roots of your teeth. Sinus pressure in these areas can put pressure on the nerves in the roots of your teeth and make it feel like you have a toothache.
We do not offer treatments for tooth pain caused by sinus inflammation, but you should still get your teeth examined by a skilled dentist to make sure that the pain isn’t being caused by a dental problem that you may not be aware of.
Are you experiencing tooth pain or a toothache?
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