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Do Not Ignore Your Tooth Pain

Posted on 5/9/2022 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
Do Not Ignore Your Tooth PainHaving a painful tooth can be a nightmare. If you experience a toothache, it is important that you seek the help of a dentist. Often, what starts as a toothache could bring something very serious like an abscessed tooth, fractured tooth, gum disease, or tooth decay. Receiving treatment can help stop the pain and address any underlying issue.

Causes of Toot Pain

Many things can cause toothache. Tooth decay is considered the most common cause. If you fail to get tooth decay treated, it continues to spread further, forming a cavity or hole. Tooth decay arises from foods such as sweets and processed starches, which tend to cling to the teeth and damage the enamel. A dentist will treat decay by removing it and filling the tooth.

Another cause of tooth pain is gum disease. If you have gum disease that has reached an advanced stage, it can bring a lot of pain. People with severe gum disease are likely to get other health complications like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. A dentist can perform root planing and scaling to help clean the infected gums and remove plaque and tartar from the pockets.

An abscessed tooth can also cause pain. If there is an infection in the root due to tooth decay or trauma, you may have an abscess develop. The pain may be severe and constant. It may also be a throbbing or shooting pain. A fracture in the tooth can also result in pain. If your toothache worsens when chewing, it is likely that you have a fractured tooth. If you have a cracked tooth, the chewing motion tends to move the broken pieces around. This, in turn, irritates the pulp, hence causing severe pain. You may notice that upon exposing the tooth to cold or hot temperatures, there is intense sensitivity.

Fractured teeth cannot heal on their own, therefore, you will need treatment. A dentist may have to install a crown to help hold the fractured pieces together and prevent bacteria and plaque from entering the core part of the tooth. Contact us if you are having a toothache that does not go away or worsens when you chew.

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