Pain in the Tooth, You Bet

Dental pain or tooth pain can be so detrimental that loss of work, school or daily activity can be seen. Several causes of dental pain are seen.

Pain can be in the tooth itself, the gums, the surrounding soft tissue of the face, the Eyes, and even local lymph nodes.

Pain has been described as constant, sharp, pulsating, deep, or intermittent.

Causes:

–  Dental Cavity is the number one reason for dental pain.
–  The second most common cause of pain is Gum Disease.
–  Dental Abscess
–  Dental Decay
–  Sinus infection
–  Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
–  Muscle spasms
–  Exposed roots

Pain can be encountered when chewing, or sleeping, with hot and/or cold contact.

Pain can begin suddenly or worsen over time.

Other symptoms include: swelling, bleeding, ear pain, neck pain, facial pain, redness of gums, discharge.

 

Diagnosis

Often an appointment with a Dentist is essential to determine cause of pain.

X-ray is often essential.

 

Treatment

–  IBU
–  Tylenol
–  Topical ointment placed on tooth
–  Antibiotics
–  Fillings

 

Prevention

–  Daily brushing of teeth
–  Flossing of teeth
–  Fluoride
–  Limit smoking
–  Teeth cleaning [every six months]

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