You probably don’t think about your teeth very often. However, when they are in pain, it’s just about all you can think about. You might try to take some over the counter pain relievers and go about your day. If the pain is severe, doing daily tasks can be unbearable. Tooth pain needs to be examined. At National Dental Douglaston, we can diagnose the source of your pain and provide you with the appropriate treatment.
CAUSES OF TOOTH PAIN
There are several reasons you might be experiencing tooth pain. While some causes are not that serious, others require treatment right away. Often, the only way to know the exact cause of the pain, and its severity, is with a thorough oral exam. Common causes of tooth pain include:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Facial trauma
- An infection in the tooth
- A misaligned bite (teeth or your jaw)
- Tooth eruption – This particular type of pain is common amongst babies and younger children
In some cases, you might think that you have a toothache, but you are being faced with another oral health issues altogether. These issues include TMJ disorder and sinus problems. The proximity of your temporomandibular joint and your sinus cavities to the roots of your teeth make it easy to mistake your pain for tooth pain. Painful teeth can also be indicative of other oral health issues. Only an exam will be able to tell you the cause.
WHAT OTHER SYMPTOMS ARE COMMON?
There are often other symptoms that accompany tooth pain. In some cases, the pain can make you believe you have an entirely different issue. Symptoms include:
- Swelling in your gums near the affected tooth
- Swelling in the cheek
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- A persistent bad taste in your mouth
TREATING YOUR PAINFUL TEETH
Your treatment plan depends on the cause of your pain. To determine the cause of your pain, we must first conduct a thorough oral exam. This includes a visual inspection of your teeth and gum tissue as well as digital X-rays. The X-rays will allow us to see everything happening under the gum line and can help us to make an appropriate and effective treatment plan. Depending upon your unique circumstances, your treatment may involve orthodontics, periodontal treatment, a root canal, fillings or even oral surgery.
CAN YOU PREVENT PAIN IN YOUR TEETH?
Unfortunately, you cannot always prevent tooth pain, but there are ways in which you can reduce your risk of experiencing it. Regular brushing twice a day and flossing once a day help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Wearing a mouth guard while playing sports can prevent tooth injuries. Visiting our office regularly for cleanings and exams are also essential for keeping your mouth clean, as well as for spotting trouble early on. This allows us to take action and prevent serious complications later. By taking appropriate measures to protect your mouth, you can keep it healthy and prevent tooth pain.
If you are experiencing tooth pain, it is important to seek treatment right away. Contact National Dental Douglaston today at (718) 557-9882 to schedule your appointment.