A decayed tooth, gum or dental pulp inflammation, periodontitis, gingivitis, and infections or abscesses are many of the possible reasons you may experience dental pain.
You may have a dull to moderate ache or a throbbing or shooting pain, sometimes in your sinuses. You may only experience discomfort or moderate pain while chewing. But all of these symptoms are signs you should see your dentist at the Smile Center Family Dentistry.
When you call the office, tell our friendly staff about your toothache or oral pain and we’ll schedule an appointment right away, If you’re in severe pain, we may schedule an emergency
You and your dentist won’t know until you’ve been examined what is causing your toothache, but a professional dental exam is necessary to determine the cure for your dental pain. Whether it’s a filling, root canal, or periodontal treatment for gum disease that you need, the Smile Family Dental Center will ensure you have the utmost in professional, gentle dental care and attention.
Toothache Causes & Symptoms
Painful teeth, whether occasional or persistent, can be caused by dental habits, like poor oral hygiene, grinding your teeth, or trauma that’s been left unchecked. Toothaches and oral pain can also result from tooth decay, abscessed teeth, tooth fractures or cracks, damaged crowns or fillings, ill-fitting dentures, or gum disease.
Some serious dental conditions can harm the tooth pulp – the nutrition and blood flown center of the tooth – causing moderate to severe pain, and possibly causing permanent damage to teeth, leading to the need for root canal therapy. Less serious conditions like ulcers on the gums, new teeth erupting, or inflamed sinuses can also cause dental pain.
Treating Tooth and Gum Pain
Rarely can a dental condition repair itself. A cavity, abscess, or gum disease presenting pain symptoms require a professional dentist’s attention.
While you wait for your appointment, you may seek temporary relief in over-the-counter pain relievers or oral gels. If you are experiencing fever, swelling or skin irritation near the site of a toothache or sore jaw, call your dentist at the Smile Center immediately.
Dental Procedures for toothaches and gum pain
The dental procedure your dentist recommends to alleviate your tooth pain may include something as simple as repairing a loose or broken filling or crown. Or, if there’s permanent damage, it may involve performing a filling or root canal therapy. In extreme cases, dentists recommend oral surgery for treating more severe underlying causes to your tooth and gum pain.
After your procedure, your dentist or oral surgeon may prescribe painkillers and may suggest typical over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce discomfort and swelling.