Are you experiencing tooth pain? If so, you may want to know what causes tooth pain and what can be done about it. Pain, in general, is your body’s way of informing you that something is wrong, and tooth pain specifically is a reaction of the nerves inside a tooth letting you know that something isn’t right.
The degree of tooth pain depends upon the type, location, and severity of the stimulus. If you are experiencing sensitivity to hot or cold but it only lasts a moment, this does not usually signal a serious problem.
SENSITIVITY TO HOT OR COLD
The sensitivity may be triggered by a small area of tooth decay, by a loose filling, or by an exposed root surface that has resulted from gum recession or toothbrush abrasion.
If you are experiencing sensitivity, keep the area clean. Use a soft toothbrush and be sure to brush gently along the gum line, and try not to brush more than twice a day. Use a fluoride toothpaste made specifically for sensitive teeth, and visit our office for an exam.
SHARP PAIN WHILE BITING FOOD
If it hurts when you bite down on food, the culprit may be tooth decay, a cracked tooth, or a loose filling. We recommend seeing a dentist before the pain worsens. In such a case, the decay will have to be removed and a loose filling would have to be replaced.
If there is damage to the pulp tissue, we may need to perform a root canal to fill and seal the space and save the decayed tooth.
PAIN AFTER EATING HOT OR COLD FOODS OR LIQUIDS
If you are experiencing lingering pain after eating hot or cold foods or liquids, this could mean that the pulp is either inflamed or dying. This could lead to irreversible damage and is often a result of either physical trauma or significant decay.
You will want to see a dentist to diagnose the problem, and this should be done before the pain becomes unbearable due to an abscess. In such a case, you may need a root canal to remove the dying pulp tissue in order to save your tooth.
A “TERRIBLE” TOOTHACHE
Do you have a horrible toothache that is causing you constant pain? If so, the pulp tissue inside the decaying tooth may be inflamed, infected, and dying. Acute pain is usually in response to decay that gets very close to or enters the nerve.
You’ll want to see a dentist right away for a thorough examination. If left untreated, the pain could get progressively worse. You may need a root canal to remove the infected tissue and save the tooth.
If you are experiencing any tooth pain, you should schedule an appointment with a Beverly Hills dentist from Bedford Dental Group as soon as possible.