Dental pain can be seriously debilitating. Although without the blood and gore of other conditions or injuries, it can affect your ability to concentrate, work and generally live your life. Sometimes tooth pain can be difficult to identify – it may feel like it’s coming from your sinuses or ear and you may not be able to work out whether the pain is in the upper or lower jaw. These are some of the most common causes of dental pain – as well as what your dentist can do about them.
Tooth decay is the end result of poor oral hygiene. Plaque that is allowed to build up on teeth can eventually result in tooth decay with symptoms that include dental pain, bad breath and tooth sensitivity. Treatment for tooth decay requires seeing a dentist who will take X-rays and may be able to cure the issue with a filling, root canal treatment or a new tooth via dentures or a bridge.
Some abscesses are painful, some are not – but all should be looked at by a dentist. An abscess is formed when pus collects inside teeth, gums or the bones that hold teeth in place. Abscesses can cause pain in your teeth but also affect your entire body and make you ill. Treatment usually involves removing an affected tooth, incision and drainage of the abscess or root canal treatment if the abscess is in the root.
Gum disease can lead to painful red and swollen gums, ulcers, bleeding and abscesses. Advanced gum disease – periodontitis or acute necrotising ulcerative gingivitis – must be treated by a dentist. Good oral hygiene, such as brushing twice a day and flossing regularly, can help to reduce less severe cases of gum disease. Regular check ups and scale and polish are essential. You may also require root planing – a deep clean under the roots of teeth – and severe gum disease may require antibiotics and even surgery.
A loose or broken filling
No filling lasts forever – you may have an injury that has affected fillings or they may simply fall out due to wear and tear. Treating a loose or broken filling usually requires an emergency appointment, X-rays and either restoring the original filling or replacing it with a new one.
A cracked or impacted injury
Dental injuries can result from a wide range of situations, from a car crash, to a sports injury. Chipped teeth aren’t usually an emergency but it’s still important to make an appointment with your dentist in the near future. If your tooth has been knocked out try to put it back in the socket until you can get to a dentist for emergency treatment. If the tooth is broken then store the broken part in a pot of milk or saliva until you can get to the dentist. Your dentist may fit a bridge or denture or you may be offered an implant to replace the lost or damaged tooth.
Dental pain can be one of the most excruciating experience, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re suffering and would like to find out more, just get in touch us here.