Guide to Tooth Pain
Tooth pain is an issue that individuals of all ages experience. From the developmental stages of life into adulthood, patients may suffer from tooth pain due to different factors. However, it is vital for individuals to be aware of the multitude of causes behind tooth pain, when to see a professional, and how to prevent it.
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Why am I experiencing tooth pain?
As mentioned above, tooth pain can be caused by many different things. Whether you are experiencing severe or minor pain in one or multiple teeth, it’s important to know what is causing the aching sensation in your tooth.
For patients who haven’t had their wisdom teeth removed, they may be experiencing the unique pain that comes with crooked or impacted wisdom teeth. Although there may not be much room left in the mouth for more teeth to grow in, wisdom teeth tend to push themselves through anyways, causing serious pain issues for many patients. Because every situation is different, some patients may experience a constant pain, while others only while chewing, talking, etc. A few symptoms of wisdom teeth pain are:
Sensitive to touch
Pain behind the molars
Back jaw pain
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An abscessed tooth is another causing factor behind tooth pain. Dental abscesses are formed by a pocket of pus in the root of a tooth, causing infection and severe pain. Some common causes of abscess teeth include poor dental hygiene, high sugar intake, and more. An abscess tooth left untreated can lead to a variety of problems down the road, causing you even more pain, time, and money. You may have an abscess tooth if you are experiencing signs like:
Sharp stabbing pains
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A common cause behind tooth pain is teeth grinding. Although many patients do not realize they are doing it, this action can cause both severe pain and long-term damage to your teeth. With many ways to prevent teeth grinding, this issue is easily treated and preventable. Patients often experience grinding their teeth while sleeping, in stressful situations, during workouts, and more. Individuals who grind their teeth might experience:
Dull tooth pain
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Tooth decay, also known as cavities, is a common factor in tooth pain. Because cavities are permanent damage, it’s vital for patients to know when to see a professional when experiencing tooth pain that may be caused by a decaying tooth. If avoided, cavities can turn into much larger problems that will lead to more severe pain. Cavities will cause pain such as:
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Dental fractures occur when a tooth’s enamel is chipped or cracked. Because the outside of the tooth protects the interior, a dental fracture oftentimes leads to pain for individuals experiencing the issue. There are many types of dental fractures, including root fractures, craze lines, split teeth, and more. While some dental fractures won’t cause patients any issues, severe damage to the tooth’s enamel can cause serious pain. Patients with a dental fracture may experience:
Pain while biting down
Tooth pains while eating
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How should I treat my tooth pain?
Because tooth pain can be caused by a variety of factors, there are different ways to remedy your pain. No matter what type of tooth pain you are experiencing, you should contact your dentist immediately to receive advice and information regarding the next step to solving the issue.
If you are experiencing swelling, sore and/or tender cheeks, or random tooth pain, an ice pack is an easy and inexpensive home remedy for your pain. Ice and cold compressions will help ease pain alongside reduce swelling.
Salt Water Rinse
One of the most common home remedies for oral pain is a warm salt water rinse. This will help reduce any inflammation in gums that may be causing toothaches. Don’t forget to spit it out, and floss afterwards.
Peppermint remedies are loved by many, and for good reasons. It is a naturally solution to not only tooth pain, but other types of pain across your whole body. For a toothache you can use peppermint with essential oils, tea bags, and more.
When other natural remedies just aren’t doing the job, over-the-counter medications like Ibuprofen are a great option to relieve the pain for a period of time. Talk to your dentist about which medication might be best for you or your children.
Visit Your Dentist
If you are experiencing any type of tooth pain, your dentist is the person to call. Because tooth pain can be caused by a variety of factors, they will be able to help point you in the right direction. Set up an appointment to make sure you aren’t dealing with an underlying issue that could lead to larger problems down the road.
Tooth Pain Remedies at the Memphis Center for Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
The Beautiful Smiles team works to provide our patients with the best care while in and out of our offices. Tooth pain can become a serious issue, and we want to help. Our team is able to provide solutions and recommendations to your tooth pain. If you are experiencing tooth pain, contact us today to set up an appointment.
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Dr. Miles Moore - Memphis Dentist
This article was reviewed by Dr. Miles Moore of Memphis Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Moore is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists who has received extensive training in implant dentistry. He is a member of multiple dental organizations, including the American Dental Association, the American Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Memphis Dental Society.