Tooth pain: What could it be?

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Anyone who has suffered from tooth pain knows how debilitating it can be. What’s worse is wondering what may be causing it. Did you crack a molar eating a piece of hard candy? Have you been lax about brushing and flossing? Why has a tooth suddenly become sensitive to hot beverages? One thing is certain: no two toothaches are alike. The pain can range from dull and mild to sharp and aching. At the same time, these uncomfortable symptoms may actually provide some valuable clues about the issues you are experiencing.

The dentists at SEDA Dental of Jupiter, FL address tooth pain daily. At their state-of-the-art practice, they offer innovative treatments that work not only to alleviate discomfort but also to correct patients’ dental issues. There are many reasons why you may experience tooth pain. Here are the most common causes:

  • Decay

When a toothache strikes men and women in Jupiter, FL, it most likely is the result of tooth decay that has grown significantly enough to cause pain. That discomfort can be so severe it makes performing daily activities like sleeping and eating a challenge. This means that the decay likely has been present for some time and has finally reached the dentin, the deep inner layers of the tooth. Chances are good that a cavity has developed. A prompt and thorough dental evaluation with one of the dentists at SEDA Dental of Jupiter is necessary in order to begin treatment to halt the spread of the decay and provide relief from the pain.

  • Diseased gums

Bleeding gums and persistent, dull pain throughout the mouth are probable signs of gum disease. Also known as gingivitis, it can result from poor oral hygiene habits and nutrition levels, as well as stress, hormone fluctuations, pregnancy, medication use, substance abuse, diabetes, and smoking. When left untreated, the condition may damage the gums, teeth, and surrounding bones. In severe cases, surgery is required to completely remove the infection from the mouth.

  • Tooth fractures

There are many ways that teeth can become cracked or chipped. Some of the most common scenarios are taking a fall, having the mouth experience the brunt of a sports-related impact, or biting into hard or sticky foods. When the accompanying pain is felt relatively quickly in the mouth, it usually means that a fracture has reached the never-filled center of the tooth. In some cases, the pain can be delayed or not felt for weeks or months after the damage has occurred. If you are concerned that you may have fractured a tooth, schedule an appointment as soon as possible so that it can be examined by one of the dentists at SEDA Dental of Jupiter.

  • Abscessed (infected) tooth

The more extensive that tooth decay grows, the more likely it is for the root beneath the tooth as well as surrounding tissue also to become infected. Abscessed teeth have a reputation for causing widespread mouth pain. This can make determining exactly which tooth is the culprit a bit of a challenge. If you believe your tooth is infected, do not delay treatment, as this can result in bone and tissue loss.

  • Temperature sensitivity

If you’ve ever experienced an unusual ache while consuming hot or cold foods and drinks - or if such a sensation occurs shortly after you’ve done so - that is what’s known as tooth sensitivity. This condition usually results when the enamel of a tooth becomes worn down to reveal the dentin, which contains nerves. Some men and women may notice that tooth whitening procedures also cause their teeth to become more sensitive. In such cases, brushing with specially formulated toothpaste may help. Other remedies may be recommended by the dentists at SEDA Dental of Jupiter to help manage the sensitivity.

  • Teeth grinding

Patients who chronically grind their teeth, a condition known as bruxism, are prone to experiencing pain in their teeth, neck, and jaw as well as experiencing frequent headaches. With the jaw tightly clenched, grinders squeeze their top and bottom teeth together. As a result, the jawbone and surrounding joints may ache. The teeth may become chipped and cracked from the pressure. Grinding is most frequently performed when patients are under stress or asleep. Custom mouth guards can be worn at night as well as during stressful times to help prevent or lessen the impacts of bruxism.

  • Damaged sealants and fillings

Dental fillings are designed to cover fractures, deep grooves, and pits in the teeth while sealants help to protect them. However, when either becomes damaged, the teeth can experience pain and temperature sensitivity as well as be exposed to food particles and bacteria. Emergency attention is required in order to avoid further damage and to prevent future tooth decay.

  • Improper brushing and flossing technique

Do you press too hard while brushing? Ever getting a bit aggressive while flossing? If so, you actually may be doing more harm than good to your pearly whites. This unnecessary roughness may result in irritation and inflammation of the gums, causing them to bleed and possibly recede. Not only is the latter painful, but it also can make the teeth less stable. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, the dentists at SEDA Dental of Jupiter can demonstrate proper brushing techniques to patients, as well as show them how to floss effectively in order to maintain a healthy smile.

  • Misaligned or impacted teeth

When teeth are misaligned, they may press against one another or be pushed out of alignment, resulting in aches and pains throughout the mouth. Also, wisdom teeth that do not erupt or become impacted can cause tremendous pain beneath the gums. Only your dentist can determine whether the misaligned teeth may benefit from orthodontic treatments, or if wisdom teeth must be surgically extracted to eliminate the pain.

Not only is tooth pain uncomfortable, it often is inconvenient. However, it is not a good idea to delay treatment since the pain may be a symptom of a more serious underlying issue. To avoid costly, time-consuming treatments down the road, the team at SEDA Dental of Jupiter, FL encourages you to contact them when the pain starts. Schedule an appointment today and stop dental pain in its tracks.

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