Pain is an indication that there is something amiss. However, many people tend to ignore pain or try to alleviate the symptoms with over the counter pain remedies. While these OTC pain relievers may work for some, persistent pain is a major problem. When you experience pain in your teeth, it can interfere with your daily functions, such as eating or speaking. The pain may be nothing, but it may also be indicative of something serious. National Dental Oakland Gardens can diagnose the cause of your pain, and provide you with the treatment you need.
WHAT CAUSES TOOTH PAIN?
When you experience tooth pain, it is important to be seen as soon as possible. In some cases, the pain may turn out to be nothing. In many cases, it might be something. It may even be something serious. The only way to know for certain is to have a thorough oral exam. Ignoring painful teeth will not make the pain go away. In fact, in most cases, it will only lead to the pain growing stronger as the issue worsens. Causes of tooth pain include:
- Gum disease.
- Tooth decay.
- Misaligned teeth or jaw.
- Infections in the teeth.
- Facial trauma (auto accidents, sports injuries, falls).
- Teeth that are erupting (this is common in babies and children).
In some cases, you may be experiencing tooth pain, but the actual issue has nothing at all to do with your teeth. Such issues include sinus infections and temporomandibular joint pain. The proximity of your teeth to these regions often cause radiation of pain into your teeth. There are even some cases where painful teeth can also be a symptom of an issue such as heart disease.
OTHER SYMPTOMS THAT MAY ACCOMPANY TOOTH PAIN
Along with painful teeth, you may also experience other symptoms such as:
- Swelling around the painful tooth.
- Lingering pain or sensitivity.
- You might have bad taste in your mouth that does not go away, even after brushing and flossing.
- Difficulty swallowing or breathing.
HOW ARE PAINFUL TEETH TREATED?
The treatment for painful teeth depends upon the cause of your pain in the first place. We diagnose the cause of your pain with a thorough oral exam. During this exam, we check your teeth and gums, looking for signs of damage, decay and gum disease. We may also take digital X-rays, which will allow us to see everything that is happening between your teeth as well as under your gums. We can check for signs of infection or damage to the roots of your teeth. With a comprehensive exam, we can get a full picture of what is happening, and provide you with an accurate diagnosis. This will allow us to then make an appropriate, customized treatment plan. Common treatments for painful teeth include root canals, fillings, crowns, orthodontic work or even oral surgery.
ARE PAINFUL TEETH PREVENTABLE?
Some tooth pain is preventable. Brushing and flossing your teeth every day, along with regular dental visits, will help to prevent issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. However, even with proper oral care, there are some issues that can’t be avoided, such as impacted wisdom teeth, misalignment, or accidents. Prompt treatment will help to prevent issues from becoming worse.
Don’t ignore painful teeth. Call National Dental Oakland Gardens at (718) 407-0574to schedule your consultation today!