Have you ever experienced random tooth pain? What was your “knee-jerk” reaction? Did you go online in search of an answer or how to relieve the pain you’re experiencing?
Common Causes of Tooth Pain
When the nerve in the root of your tooth, or nerves surrounding a tooth, is irritated, you experience tooth pain. What are the most common causes of dental pain?
- Infection in a tooth
- Tooth decay
- Injury to a tooth
- Loss or extraction of a tooth
Sometimes pain radiates to your jaw when it originates in another area of your mouth. These areas include:
- Jaw joint (TMJ)
- Even problems with your heart
When Should You Seek Care for a Toothache?
If you’ve ever experienced a severe toothache or jaw pain, this information is nothing new to you. But severe pain can be experienced when pressure of some kind is applied to an area or in response to hot or cold stimuli. As inflammation increases, so does the amount of pain you are experiencing.
You should call our office when:
- Over-the-counter drugs do not relieve your tooth pain
- You develop a “dry socket” following the extraction of a tooth. If the clot falls out exposing bone, you will experience severe pain until a new clot forms and covers the exposed bone. Call your dentist right away if you develop a dry socket after an extraction. Dry sockets should be seen by your dentist within 24 hours,
- Swelling of your gums or face, or discharge around a tooth causes you pain. If you are experiencing a fever, you’ve got an infection going on. Fever and swelling mean your tooth is abscessed and that a root canal is in your very near future.
- A tooth injury occurs. And by the way, swallowed teeth and permanent tooth loss are dental emergencies.
- It is painful at the angle of your jaw when you open your mouth widely.
- Your third molars (aka wisdom teeth) begin erupting. Not only can you experience pain in your jaw and ears, but the gum overlying the crown of your wisdom teeth can also become infected. In severe cases, pain in the throat and the floor of the mouth is so extreme, swallowing is difficult to do.
How to Prevent Tooth Pain
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” And with proper oral care on a daily basis, the majority of dental problems are prevented.
Maintain a healthy diet. Eat real foods, avoiding processed foods, sugars, and carbohydrates that turn into sugars.
Flossing once a day and brushing every morning and evening are great for starters. But having your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year by our Davis Dental hygienist team is best in the prevention of dental problems.
Pinpoint Your Pain
Pinpoint the source of your tooth pain and get relief. Call Davis Dental at (307) 634-3488 for a thorough dental exam and a proper diagnosis of the pain you’re experiencing. And of course, following toothache treatment, continue to practice proper dental care every day. Proper care and keeping prompt follow-up appointments will resolve your pain faster.
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Cheyenne, WY 82001
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