Pain is a signal that something is wrong with your body. Toothache pain indicates an oral problem and though it can be obvious when you have a bad tooth, there are times when you may experience toothache pain, and the source is not so clear. Any oral pain, especially if is continuing, can drain your energy and cause agony. At Engineered Smiles, we understand and work to diagnose and relieve your pain as quickly as possible.
An abscessed tooth, the result of dental decay attacking the nerve center of a tooth, is often the most plausible reason why a tooth would generate pain. There are several additional reasons when this does not appear to be the cause. Gingival recession, or receding gums, exposes the roots of a tooth, making them more sensitive to temperature changes and vulnerable to decay. In this situation, periodontal therapy can help correct the condition.
Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages is common for some individuals. In many cases, this is due to dental decay, but it can also be caused by erosion of the dental enamel. This condition is common in those individuals who grind their teeth. A nightguard designed to be worn while sleeping can put an end to the erosion.
Tooth sensitivity often responds to special desensitizing toothpastes. Such products work to block the receptors that trigger sensitivity. Tooth enamel is also strengthened when these products are regularly used.
Tooth pain is also common for those who are going through orthodontic therapy. The realignment process in which teeth are being moved into a new position can cause tooth pain. This discomfort usually occurs when an adjustment to a new position is first made and subsides after a few days.
Sinus infections can also cause tooth pain in the upper jaw. When this is the case, treating the infection will relieve tooth pain.
Treatment for Jaw Pain
Teeth grinding or clenching is usually the cause of jaw pain. Over-the-counter pain medications can relieve the discomfort temporarily. However, additional intervention may be necessary to completely eliminate the pain. Wearing a nightguard to cushion the teeth and prevent grinding and clenching eases the stress put on the jaw joints. Trauma to the joint through injury can also cause pain. Proper diagnosis is required for adequate treatment of jaw pain.
Examination of the affected area can determine the source of your tooth or jaw pain. You can treat the symptoms or make an appointment with Dr. Wang and find out the root cause of your pain. Contact Engineered Smiles today to schedule an appointment.