What are the Treatment Options for a Toothache?
Almost everyone, young or old, has suffered from a toothache at least once in their life. Every time someone has a toothache they work to get it treated and they soon find out that they have an underlying cause. Every toothache is not caused by the same thing which is why it is important to find the cause of the pain. If you have a slight or a minor toothache it may go away on its own if you take preventative measures. If it does not go away, then it may be time to see a dentist. Keep reading to learn more about when you should see a dentist, what happens when you go to a dental office, what treatment options are available, and how to prevent a toothache.
A toothache is considered pain in or around a tooth. It can be caused by something simple like trying to chew crunchy foods, hard candy or chewing on the wrong side of your mouth. It may be caused by things such as a tooth decay, abscessed teeth, cracks in the tooth, a damaged filling, grinding teeth, or infected gums. Now that you know the probable causes of a toothache you need to know the symptoms of a toothache. The symptoms of a toothache will let you know if you have one. The symptoms include sharp tooth pain. This type of pain may seem to be throbbing or will appear to be constant. The pain can be on and off depending on if a toothache is minor or not. You may experience pain only when pressure is applied to the tooth. More symptoms are inflammation around the tooth, fever, headache, or drainage that is foul-tasting from the infected tooth.
When should you see a dentist?
Most people do not visit a dentist about a toothache because they believe that a toothache is a minor problem. Most of the time it is but once a toothache becomes advanced it becomes unbearable for the average person to ignore. A minor toothache usually goes away within 1-2 days. If you notice that a toothache is not gone by the 2nd day or symptoms seem to worsen, a visit to your dentist may be necessary. Experiencing a fever, earache, or pain upon opening your mouth wide may cause your toothache to worsen. If you experience any of these problems, you should visit your dentist.
This is a frequent question that is commonly asked by dental patients of all ages. In most situations, pain is the body’s way of letting an individual know that something is wrong. In essence, it is a proactive response that can range from very minor regarding severity to severe with severe pain. Tooth pain originates from the nerves located deep within the tooth’s pulp chamber. It should be understood that even those with the most disciplined and dedicated oral care routine will likely experience some level of tooth pain throughout their lifetime. While the discomfort of a toothache is certainly cause for concern, one of the first steps in dealing with this type of pain is to simply meet with your dental care provider as soon as possible.
Got a minor toothache that just started?
Take preventative measures to lessen the effects of toothache and possibly get rid of the one you have. If the preventative actions do not lessen the pain from your toothache you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. Did you know that the most tooth pain caused by a dental decay? Preventative measures include:
- brushing your teeth regularly with a fluoride-based toothpaste, minimum twice a day
- flossing once a day
- rinsing your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash once or twice a day
- a professional dental cleaning twice a year.
- eating a low sugar diet
- applying sealants to the posterior teeth for young adult patients
- and utilizing fluoride applications regarding your teeth.
What should you expect when you go to see a dentist for a toothache?
The dentist will obtain your medical and dental history and give you a physical exam. Dental health can also be linked to physical health problems. They ask you questions about the pain you are experiencing, when it started, the severity of it, where the pain is located, and so on. After the questions are answered the dentist will examine the teeth, gums, jaws, tong.
- Sensitivity to cold beverages and foods, but pain and sensitivity don’t linger.
- Sensitivity to cold foods or beverages after dental treatment.
While there are indeed many cases where tooth pain is directly associated with a cavity, there are other situations. Common causes of tooth sensitivity include receding gums or enamel erosion, because of age or some disease. One of the easiest ways to address the pain associated with tooth sensitivity is to use a soft bristle toothbrush and to use toothpaste that is specifically intended for sensitive teeth. Possible problem: If this is a discomfort that only lasts a few moments, it may not be a serious issue. There could be minor decay or a loose filling. Sometimes dental work can make the teeth sensitive for a couple of days. What to do: Consider using a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth and use a soft brush and smooth strokes. Contact us for an ongoing toothache. Wait for 1 to 2 weeks. If the pain continues or gets worse, contact our office.
Symptom: Sudden sensitivity to hot or cold beverages and foods or when you are chewing food on that side of the mouth Possible problem: If the pain lingers more than a couple of minutes, it is usually a sign of inflammation in the root canal area. What to do: If the inflammation is not reversible, a root canal treatment is recommended
Nonvital Tooth (with Symptomatic Apical Periodontitis)
- Sharp, sudden pain when you bite on a piece of food
- spontaneous pain that lasts for a couple of minutes
- Constant pain, after eating hot or cold foods or beverages
- Constant pain and pressure, swelling of gums and sensitivity
- Dull aching pain and pressure in the teeth and jaw.
It is important to note that some toothaches can be far more severe than others. For example, a cracked tooth or cavity may produce a toothache that involves stabbing pain, sharp pains or other painful events when the patient bites down on food. An abscessed tooth may be indicated by persistent pain that is throbbing. An abscessed tooth is a dental condition that should be addressed quickly because it may involve an infection. Patients should also understand that there are cases where tooth pain may not even be associated with the teeth. For example, a sinus infection sometimes produces minor to severe tooth related pain. Possible problem: This likely means the pulp has been damaged by primary decay or severe physical trauma, and there could be an infection in the surrounding bone and tissue. Tooth grinding causes this type of pain. The pain of a sinus headache can also be at fault. What to do: Contact our office for an evaluation. We may recommend seeing our endodontist for a root canal consultation. If you are experiencing any of the problems above, contact us at Omega Dental Specialists today. We are always here to help!
This is especially true if the pain experienced is isolated in only the upper teeth on both sides of the face. Nasal congestion and sinuses that are tender and painful may also be a clear sign that the tooth pain being experienced is originating from the sinus area of the face. The facial pain related to sinusitis usually get worse during allergy season and when the patient moves his or her head the pain gets worse. Consulting with your dentist or physician is recommended when tooth pain is accompanied with sinus pain. Another possibility when experiencing tooth pain is that there may be an issue with the jaw. If this is the case, there could be a combination of both tooth and jaw pain. Traumatic injury to the jaw or mouth may be the reason for this type of pain.
Teeth And Jaw Pain Caused by Grinding
Another situation that can lead to tooth or jaw pain is when a patient has a problem with tooth grinding. Even arthritis or certain types of cancers can have an effect on the jaw resulting in tooth and jaw pain combined. Also of concern is when wisdom teeth become impacted resulting in both tooth and jaw pain. Tooth pain and toothaches can take on many forms and can vary substantially in severity. That is why it is so important to meet with your dentist as soon as possible when pain develops. Always keep in mind that pain is an indicator that something is wrong and that it could be getting worse.
Only waiting until the pain becomes more intense is never the best option for any patient. In truth, there are many different types of tooth related pain. This can include a dull ache as well as pressure related pain and temperature driven pain. Pain can be acute, and it can be constant in nature, and sometimes it is difficult to determine where the pain is originating. Everything from inflamed tooth pulp to an infected tooth root or a cracked tooth can all cause pain to varying degrees. Even sensitivity to touch and swelling of the gums indicate that something is wrong and that it is best to meet with your dental care provider as soon as possible.
Talking with your dentist as well as a physician is advised when tooth pain is encountered. While the treatments and procedures can vary depending on the type of dental symptoms involved with tooth pain, it is always best to have the issue addressed sooner rather than later. From cracked teeth to abscessed teeth and even dislodged or knocked out teeth, there are many things to consider when it comes to tooth pain and toothaches. Dedicated routine oral care and good oral hygiene is the best way to stay healthy from a dental perspective. While this will not totally eliminate toothaches and tooth pain, it can reduce the chances of it ever happening in the first place.
If you are experiencing a toothache that is causing pain, swelling, or frustration when you open your mouth or chew don’t put it off. Schedule an appointment with Omega Dental Specialist. We are the home for all your dental needs. Got a question? Contact our office today at 713-322-7474