The effects of dental pain
Dental pain is often the result of dental decay, which can arise in many ways and have a serious impact. Toothache is probably the most common effect of dental decay. This may arise suddenly and severely or slowly get worse over a period of time. Toothache can peak as a pain that keeps you awake at night and disrupts your working day – or it may simply be an occasional short, sharp pain. In addition to suffering from toothache, there are a number of other ways that dental decay can cause pain and discomfort, including:
- Bad breath
- Pain or tenderness around your teeth when you eat
- Discolouration of the teeth, such as brown spots
- A bad taste in your mouth
What causes dental pain?
Decay is certainly one of the main causes of dental pain. Tooth decay is the result of plaque that has been left to build up on teeth. This eventually rots away parts of the tooth, leaving the sensitive inside exposed to air, saliva and food. However, dental pain isn’t exclusively the result of toothache caused by decay.
A cracked tooth. If the pain you’re experiencing isn’t constant but only occurs when you’re eating, for example, your dental pain could be the result of a cracked tooth as opposed to decay.
Your sinuses. Sinusitis is a painful condition that can make it feel as if you have a toothache. Nasal congestion and tenderness around sinuses can replicated the pain of a toothache but that problem is actually the result of an infection.
Wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25. They are the last teeth to appear in the mouth and can cause a lot of pain, as they emerge – many people mistake it for a simple toothache.
Bruxism. If you’re constantly experiencing dental pain then you may be excessively grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw (bruxism), which can also cause great discomfort.
In addition to toothache and the other conditions mentioned above there may be any number of other reasons for dental pain, from arthritis to cancer.
If you’re regularly experiencing pain, whether ongoing or sporadic, it’s important to make sure that you visit the dentist to identify what’s causing it and how to correct the problem or just contact us at Smile Pad and we’ll be more than happy to help.