Tooth pain can be impossible to live with even when it is not severe. While cavities are a common cause of tooth pain, there are many other causative issues, not all of which are directly related to dental health. Here we list five common causes of tooth pain, some of the symptoms, and how we can help make you comfortable.
Tooth fractures such as cracks can be caused by many things, including:
Cracks and fractures can appear as lines, clearly missing chunks from your tooth, splits, or root fractures that extend below the gum line.
Common symptoms would include:
If you have any of these symptoms, give us a call and we can provide a diagnosis.
We will assess the pain and let you know what treatment is required, including:
In severe cases, where the roots and nerves are involved, we might recommend extraction. There might also be cases where no treatment is required as the fracture is too small to address. However, in these cases, pain is often infrequent and minimal.
Common causes of tooth sensitivity include:
Tooth sensitivity can be temporary, it can come and go, or become chronic.
Tooth sensitivity, also known as “dentin hypersensitivity,” causes various levels of pain, ranging from mild discomfort to severe pain. It can affect a single tooth, a few, or your entire mouth. It usually takes some form of stimulation to trigger the pain, including:
If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity, set up an appointment as soon as possible. Often we can make recommendations that can provide quick relief.
We will determine the cause and recommend treatments that might include:
In the case your sensitivity is caused by an underlying medical condition we will recommend you see your doctor to get the proper treatment to help reduce symptoms.
Sometimes tooth pain is caused by sinus pressure. If you have a sinus infection, the pressure can lead to unbearable pain in your teeth and mouth. Seasonal allergies can also cause sinus pain that puts pressure on your teeth. This is because when the tissue lining in the sinuses becomes blocked by fluid, it places pressure on your sinus cavities. Since your tooth roots are so close to your sinus cavities, the pressure causes pain.
It can often be difficult to separate symptoms that are strictly dental from sinus infection or allergy-related symptoms. With dental issues, chances are the pain is isolated in one area, while sinus-related pain tends to affect all your upper teeth. Symptoms would include:
In most cases, these symptoms overlap and can lead to discomfort not only in your teeth, but in your neck, face, and head.
While your doctor can determine if you have a sinus infection or allergies, we can assist in determining if this is, in fact, causing your tooth pain. Once you rule out dental issues, you can use the following to help reduce sinus-related pain:
If pain continues, speak to your doctor about medical treatment options to resolve your sinus infection.
Oral infections such as a tooth abscess develop when bacteria builds up. When left unchecked, the infection creates a pocket of pus. This is often the result of decay that has reached the inner pulp of your tooth, but can also be caused by an injury or aging dental work.
Symptoms of oral infections, specifically abscesses, include:
If you have any of these symptoms call our office immediately.
Once we determine you have an abscess, the infection must be removed. This might include:
If the infection is serious, antibiotics will stop further spread, allowing the infection to heal so proper restoration can begin for the tooth as needed. Extraction is only required when damage to the tooth and root is beyond repair.
Causes and Symptoms
There are many types of autoimmune disorders that can lead to dental pain. This is because they affect different aspects of your overall health, which in turn affects your oral health. This can include:
All these health challenges can increase the risk of tooth decay, which in turn can lead to cavities and tooth pain. A visit to our office will determine what is causing the tooth pain so we can decide what treatment is required.
As with tooth sensitivity, the treatments will range from addressing tooth sensitivity to treatments for tooth restoration.