When you experience pain, it is your body’s way of informing you that there is a problem. Typically, when you feel pain, a common solution is to take over the counter pain relievers. While these may work in some cases, they may not work for others. If you are experiencing persistent pain, it’s time to seek professional assistance. When your teeth are in pain, it could be a sign that there is a serious underlying issue that, untreated, could jeopardize your oral, and overall, health. At National Dental Williston Park, we can provide the treatment you need.
Causes of Painful Teeth
Tooth pain can be caused by some different issues. Some of these issues may not be anything of concern, but many can be something serious. The only way to know the true cause of your pain is an oral exam. In most cases, tooth pain will not go away on its own. In fact, it will usually grow worse over time. Tooth pain can be caused by:
- Gum disease (periodontal disease). This can lead to severe tooth sensitivity and painful infections.
- Tooth decay and cavities (bacteria can enter the teeth, causing infections and abscesses).
- Misaligned teeth or jaw.
- Facial trauma. This can be caused by some situations such as car accidents, sports-related injuries and falls.
SThere are times you may experience pain in your teeth, but the cause is not an issue with your teeth. Tooth pain can be an indication of a sinus infection or temporomandibular joint disorder. Your maxillary sinuses and your TMJ are located near the roots of some of your teeth, and pain from these regions can radiate to the roots of your teeth, making you think your teeth are the culprit. Tooth pain can also sometimes point to issues like heart disease.
Other Symptoms to Watch For
When you have tooth pain, there are other symptoms that you should be on the lookout for:
- You have swollen gums around the affected tooth (which can indicate an infection).
- Pain or sensitivity that lingers.
- A bad taste in your mouth that persists even after brushing.
- Trouble breathing and swallowing.
Treating Your Painful Teeth
The treatment used for your painful teeth depends on what is causing the pain in the first place. To figure out the cause, we need to perform a thorough oral exam. First, we look at the structures inside your mouth, checking for signs of tooth damage, decay, and infection. We will take digital images so that we can see the structures hidden below your gums. Digital images will also allow us to spot impacted teeth, cysts, abscesses and other damage. After we diagnose the cause of your painful teeth, we will then generate a customized treatment plan that will provide you with the best possible results. Common treatments for painful teeth include:
- Root canals (rotary endodontic treatment).
- Orthodontic treatment (traditional metal braces or Invisalign).
- Oral surgery.
Can I Prevent Painful Teeth?
There are some causes of painful teeth that can be prevented. Regular brushing and flossing (as well as dental visits for cleanings and exams) will help you to prevent issues such as gum disease and cavities. Some issues, such as misalignment, cannot be prevented. However, getting treatment as soon as pain is noticed will help to prevent the pain from growing worse and leading to serious issues later.
If you are experiencing tooth pain, it is essential that you seek treatment right away. Call National Dental Williston Park today at (516) 686-9780!