Dental pain can be seriously debilitating. Although it only affects a relatively small area of the body it is one of the toughest types to manage in daily life and can be made worse by something as simple as talking, eating or drinking. The pain may be mild or very severe and it can begin at any time. Sometimes dental pain may feel like it originates from elsewhere in the body – such as the sinuses – which can confuse matters. If you suffer from dental pain then it’s important to understand where it has come from and how to manage it.
What causes dental pain?
There may be a number of reasons why you are experiencing dental pain. It is triggered when the dental pulp – the very inside of the tooth, which is made up of blood vessels and nerves – is inflamed. This could be as a result of a cracked tooth, tooth decay, fillings that have come loose or are broken, an abscess caused by a bacterial infection or by receding gums. It may feel like a sharp pain, an achey pain or gum pain.
How is dental pain treated?
The solution to your dental pain will depend on what is causing it. If you have been experiencing problems for a week or more then it’s a good idea to make an appointment with your dentist so that they can take a look at your mouth and take some X-rays to see what’s going on inside your teeth. Solutions may include repairing a broken filling, creating a filling where there is tooth decay or root canal treatment where the pulp inside the tooth has become infected. If you are experiencing really severe pain that cannot be reduced by painkillers, as well as other symptoms such as swelling or feeling generally unwell then you may need to see an emergency dentist.
Can you prevent dental pain?
Sometimes dental pain cannot be prevented – for example if you suffer a broken filling as a result of an accident. However, there are steps you can take to avoid it. For example, give up smoking and make sure you brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Cut down on foods that may cause decay, such as sugary drinks and sweets, and make sure you have regular check ups with your dentist so that problems don’t go on unchecked.
Make an appointment with a Smile Pad dentist today if you are experiencing dental pain – we can help you deal with it quickly and get back to living life.