Tooth pain can be debilitating, and without knowing the cause of your pain, it's difficult to find relief. Read on for three common causes of tooth pain, and what you can do about them.
Teeth can become abscessed for a number of reasons, including tooth decay, gum disease, or chips in the tooth that allow bacteria in. The tooth becomes infected, and the end result is typically a significant amount of pain. You may notice your tooth turns dark and the surrounding gums are red and inflamed. A fever may be present, and you may also have swollen lymph nodes and a bad taste in your mouth.
Abscessed teeth are usually treated with antibiotics. Infection may kill the tooth's pulp-- a bundle of nerves and tissue that keep the tooth healthy. If that happens, a root canal or extraction may be necessary.
Whether you're a chronic teeth grinder or just bit down on a hard piece of food, it's possible your tooth pain is the result of a cracked tooth. Cracks are not always immediately visible, though if left untreated, most cracks will grow larger.
Symptoms of a cracked tooth include pain and sensitivity to cold temperatures. If these symptoms appear suddenly, that's a good indication your tooth is cracked. It's important to see a dentist quickly to prevent infection, as the crack can allow bacteria and food to enter the tooth. Your dentist, like those at Bradley Centre Dental Office, may be able to fill in the crack, or, if it's more severe, a crown may be used.
As if allergies and sinus infections weren't unpleasant enough, your sinuses can also cause pain in your jaw and teeth. Your sinus cavity is directly above your jaw. When swollen and full, it can put pressure on the jaw, resulting in an achy type of pain.
If your sinus problems are caused by allergies, then allergy medication, shots, or lifestyle modifications (e.g. washing your hands after petting a cat, or avoiding mold,) may improve the jaw pain. If they are the result of illness, cold and sinus medication may help. Neti pots may also be useful. A neti pot is usually filled with room temperature salt water, and poured into the nose while tilting your head. The water flows out the other nostril, helping clear the sinuses.
If you're experiencing tooth pain, it's important to confirm the cause of your pain with a dentist sooner rather than later, as many dental problems only get worse if left untreated.