Unless you’ve just had dental work such as a root canal or filling, it is not normal to experience persistent or prolonged tooth pain.Your body is telling you that something is wrong. For persistent pain that lasts longer than a day or for reoccurring pain that goes on for more than a week, it’s essential to schedule an appointment with your dentist Tampa who will identify the cause.
In the meantime,why not read the following for a better understanding of your diagnosis?
Causes of Tooth Pain
- Tooth Sensitivity:
Often the result of brushing your teeth too hard and/or too often, tooth sensitivity is caused by receding gums and tooth enamel. Use a sensitive toothpaste to ease your symptoms while waiting for an appointment with your Tampa dentist.
- Dental Cavities:
When one tooth in particular is bothering you, the likely cause is a cavity. Your Tampa dentist will perform an oral exam and may also take a quick X-ray to confirm.
- Jaw Clenching/Tooth Grinding:
Habitual clenching and grinding wear down the teeth leading to increased jaw soreness and tooth sensitivity.
- Cracks and Chips:
Not always caused by a specific event, some tooth cracks occur over time. This is another potential side effect of excessive jaw clenching and tooth grinding. The pressure exerted over your teeth can cause tiny lines to form. With continued pressure, these lines evolve into cracks and chips which expose nerve endings.
- Impacted Wisdom Teeth:
Pain near the back of the mouth, swelling of the jaw, bad breath and a headache are all signs of an impacted wisdom tooth. Additionally, some people also get jaw stiffness and in more extreme cases, a person may have trouble opening and closing their jaw.
- Gum Disease:
When gingivitis is left untreated, gum disease is the next stop on the dental train of pain. While gingivitis can typically be reversed with a better oral hygiene routine and regular dental cleanings, gum disease is a more challenging problem to tackle. See your Tampa dentist to devise a plan for fighting your particular case of gum disease.
- Dental Fillings:
Tooth sensitivity to hot, cold, air and pressure are common for some people after a dental filling. If you continue experiencing pain, the filling may be too high and require additional filing by your Tampa dentist. Another type of pain to look out for is a sharp shock occurring only when your teeth touch. This is like lya galvanic shock caused by two metals (fillings) touching producing an electric current.
When the pulp of your tooth becomes infected, it’s known as an abscessed tooth. Additional symptoms include facial swelling, fever and relentless pain. You may also experience a sour taste in your mouth from the drained swelling at the tooth root.
Depending on the dental problem you are experiencing, your Tampa dentist may recommend one of many solutions including a root canal, dental filling or tooth extraction. Ignoring dental pain is never a good idea and when ignored for long enough, it will ultimately limit your solutions.
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