There are numerous causes of tooth pain, many of which can be resolved with endodontic treatment. The most likely source of your tooth pain depends on the location, type, severity, and timing of the pain. The pain may range from dull to acute and vary depending on the stimulus.
Tooth pain will often come and go, sometimes disappearing for days or weeks before coming back in force. It tends to be exacerbated by chewing and consuming foods and liquids that are particularly hot or cold. Tooth pain is may be accompanied by swelling.
Pain in the teeth or jaw can be difficult to localize, as it tends to radiate throughout the region. Tooth pain occurs when the nerves in the tooth’s pulp are stimulated, but knowing exactly which tooth is hurting is harder than you might think. The pain may seem to be coming from your gums, a group of teeth, or your sinus area. Dr. Woodard will closely evaluate your situation to determine what is causing your pain. If there is involvement with a tooth’s pulp, you will more than likely need endodontic treatment.
If you are experiencing tooth pain and have recently had dental work, consult with your treating general dentist or endodontist. Mild to moderate pain and sensitivity is common after treatments and procedures done on the mouth. This can usually be relieved with over-the-counter medications and will resolve on its own. Schedule a follow up appointment if the pain persists, gets worse, or is accompanied by symptoms of infection.
You may start experiencing tooth pain after trauma to the mouth, face, or jaw. Sometimes this damage will be clearly visible, such as a large crack or chip. Unfortunately, damaged teeth may still appear normal. Cracks in the teeth, even large ones, may be difficult to see without experienced examination. If pain is severe or persists more than a day or two after the initial trauma, schedule an appointment with our office to evaluate the area.
Tooth pain is often caused by decay or infection in the teeth or gums. This can usually be prevented with a healthy oral care regimen. It’s often difficult to know exactly where the problem began, as infections can travel between the teeth and gums in patients suffering from periodontal disease. Receding gums create gaps through which bacteria can travel down into the roots of the teeth. In these cases, treatment will need to be carefully coordinated between your general dentist and Dr. Woodard.
If your pain is managed tolerably with over-the-counter analgesics, you may choose to wait a few days and see if it resolves on its own. In some situations, the problem is minor and won’t require treatment. However, if you are experiencing tooth pain that is regular, frequent, or severe, do not ignore it. The underlying problem is likely to get worse if left untreated. Make an appointment with your general dentist or Dr. Woodard as soon as possible. They will examine your tooth and determine the appropriate course of treatment. You may be referred to a doctor if there is an underlying medical cause.