There is no pain quite like “toothache pain,” what dentists term as a dull, throbbing sensation. Many toothaches are caused by repetitive grinding and go away in a day or two, but if the toothache is still painful after a few days, patient’s should visit their dentist. Here are three potential causes of toothaches–and what you can expect from your dental visit.
It’s common to have some tenderness after a routine procedure, but pain from the filled area, particularly when you bite down, could indicate that the filling was not shaped properly. In that instance, you should contact your dentist to have the filling refiled. If the pain continues, it could be a sign that there is damage to the “pulp” (the tooth’s connective tissue). In this instance, a root canal may be able to rectify the problem.
Advanced gum disease (Periodontitis) normally does not cause pain, but if you’ve felt some pain in teeth that have shifted and if your gums bleed during brushing, ask your dentist to look for signs of gum disease. Fortunately, this can often be treated with routine dental care with your local dentist. Severe Periodontitis, however, may require surgical intervention, so it’s important to take care to brush and floss regularly to keep your gums healthy.
Abscesses occur at the tooth’s root below the gum line, often as a result of a deep cavity, gum disease, or a chipped tooth or broken tooth. The unmistakable signs of an abscess include trouble chewing and swallowing, fever, gum redness, and, of course, tooth pain that doesn’t subside. Abscesses are commonly treated with a root canal, but modern technology has made the procedure much like a routine filling or cleaning.
An estimated 20% of Americans have untreated cavities, and if left unchecked, these can advance into serious infections, abscesses, and other diseases. However, not all conditions necessarily result in a root canal. Taking care of your teeth with regular teeth cleaning and visits to the dentist can protect you from painful toothaches later.