While we don’t have an exact number, any dentist will tell you that one of the most common reasons people come into the dentist’s office is for a toothache. That’s because a whopping 90 percent of adults deal with tooth decay at some point during their lifetime; however, while a toothache doesn’t always mean that you have a cavity, it does mean that you will need to see our dental team here at Neman Family Dentistry as soon as possible.
If it’s not a cavity, what could it be?
The problem with dental pain is that you’re not going to be able to figure it out unless you see a dentist. They can use the proper tools and technology to be able to determine whether your pain could be caused by a cavity, gum disease, infected dental pulp, or crack. The issue is that tooth pain can cause more serious complications if left untreated. No matter whether you’re in a little bit of pain, pain that comes and goes, or severe, throbbing pain, it’s important that you see our dental team right away.
After all, not all dental pain is the same, but it is trying to tell you that something just isn’t right. Think of it as your tooth’s way of talking to you. So, what could your toothache be telling you? The answer could lie in the symptoms you are experiencing,
Persistent pain: If you are dealing with pain that is unrelenting this could be a sign of an infected dental pulp, the nerve of the tooth. When the pulp is infected or inflamed by decay or trauma, the best way to save the tooth is to perform a root canal. This procedure will allow us to remove the infected tissue and pulp and to seal up the tooth so it can’t be infected again.
Tooth sensitivity: Notice a sudden sharp zap of pain whenever you sip your morning coffee or take a drink from a glass of ice water? If so, this could be a sign of decay, a cracked tooth, or an exposed tooth root (caused by gum recession). If you are experiencing sudden lingering sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages, it’s time to call your dentist.
Localized gum pain: If you notice severe pain in one very specific spot of the gums, or if you notice a bump on the gums, this is a sign of an abscess. This infection may be caused by an infected tooth pulp that has spread or it could be due to gum disease. Either way, it’s important to see our dental team right away for care.
If you are experiencing dental pain, please contact Neman Family Dentistry immediately.
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