What do you do when you feel pain? If you are like most people, you take a couple over the counter pain relievers and move on. Many people use this same tactic when it comes to pain in the teeth. However, if the pain is severe, no amount of over the counter medications will do. If you are experiencing pain in your teeth, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible, as it can be a signal of something serious. National Dental East Meadow can help.
CAUSES OF PAINFUL TEETH
There are numerous causes of tooth pain. While some of the causes may not be serious, it is important to have your mouth examined, especially if you don’t know what is causing the pain. Ignoring it can have serious consequences on your oral and overall health. Common causes of tooth pain include:
- Gum disease.
- Tooth decay.
- Misaligned teeth or jaw.
- Facial trauma.
- Infections in your teeth.
- Impacted wisdom teeth.
- Tooth eruption (this is common in babies and children).
In some instances, you might think that you are experiencing tooth pain, but you are experiencing another issue. Sinus infections often put pressure on the roots of your teeth. Issues with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can also do the same. You may also be experiencing pain around the teeth, and the condition is completely unrelated to them, such as a heart condition.
OTHER SYMPTOMS TO WATCH OUT FOR
There are often other symptoms that accompany your tooth pain and can mislead you to believe that you have a completely different issue. These symptoms include:
- A high fever.
- Swelling in your gums around the tooth, or teeth, in pain.
- A persistent bad taste in your mouth.
- Lingering pain, long after the trigger of the pain has been removed.
- Difficulty swallowing or even breathing.
TREATMENT FOR PAINFUL TEETH
Treatment for painful teeth varies and depends mainly on the exact cause of the pain. To treat your pain, the cause first needs to be determined. We do this through a complete oral exam. With the help of an intraoral camera, we inspect the inside of your mouth for swelling, along with signs of damage or infection. Digital images may also be taken so that we can check for any abnormalities below the gum line, such as damage to your teeth or abscesses.
After we have determined the cause of your tooth pain, we then make a plan and treat it. Depending on the cause, your treatment may be a filling, a root canal, orthodontics or even oral surgery.
CAN PAINFUL TEETH BE PREVENTED?
You may not be able to prevent all causes of tooth pain. For instance, impacted teeth or misalignment cannot be prevented; it’s just something that happens. There are steps you can take, though, to prevent many other types of tooth pain from happening. A good oral hygiene routine, which includes regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits, will help to prevent issues like tooth decay and gum disease. A mouth guard during sports activities can protect your teeth from damage in the event of a collision.
Don’t ignore the pain in your teeth. Contact National Dental East Meadow today at (516) 962-2292 to schedule your appointment.