If you’ve ever experienced a persistent toothache, you know how unpleasant they can be. Sometimes, even if you are diligent about your daily brushing and flossing routine, you may still end up with a painful toothache and natural tooth decay. Usually, when this happens, it’s because of a cavity, but there are other reasons you might experience toothache pain.
You might have tooth sensitivity that flares up whenever you eat or drink something hot or cold. Sensitive teeth arise when the tooth enamel wears down from acid attacks, and other times it comes from gums receding from the tooth, exposing the roots of the teeth, whether from natural aging, brushing too hard or poor hygiene. With tooth sensitivity, you should be brushing gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush to protect the gums and using a toothpaste designed for tooth sensitivity.
If you are feeling a stabbing pain when you bite down or chew food, this may be due to a cracked tooth or a cavity, requiring a dental visit to repair and restore the function of the tooth and stop the pain.
If the pain is in the jaw when you chew, or in your head, neck or ear, this might indicate impacted molars (wisdom teeth) or a temporomandibular disorder (TMJ/TMD). This disorder can result from constantly grinding your teeth (bruxism), trauma or injury to the jaw, arthritis or cancer. And if tooth pain is caused by an abnormal bite, orthodontic measures can help.
Toothaches can also arise from sinus and ear infections, especially if they are accompanied by headaches. If a toothache is throbbing no matter what you do, it’s a strong possibility that you have an infection in the tooth or an abscessed tooth. This tooth requires treatment as soon as possible, especially if you have swelling in the gums. In this case, a root canal treatment might be recommended. To determine if this is the case, we will take dental X-rays and conduct a thorough evaluation to pinpoint the cause and confirm a diagnosis.
Toothache Signs to Get Help
-Pain that isn’t going away
-Pain when you bite down
-Trouble breathing and swallowing
-Abnormal swelling around the tooth
-Pus around the aching tooth
To help with the pain, rinse your mouth and remove any stuck food particles or oral debris around the tooth. We advise to immediately see our team so we can diagnose and treat a damaged tooth, especially if the tooth has been avulsed or knocked out. Finding the cause of the toothache pain can be tricky because the nerve network in the mouth might cause pain in another tooth or other areas such as the head, ear or neck. We are trained to treat pulp damage that affects the tooth’s root. We can relieve your dental pain and save your teeth using a root canal treatment. For root canal therapy, our team will remove the tooth pulp, clean, disinfect and shape the root canals, then seal the area with a filling.
You don’t need to suffer from toothache pain any longer. If you are seeking toothache relief, we can save your teeth and help restore your tooth’s function. Give our team a call today to learn more or to schedule your appointment!