Causes of Tooth Pain: Dealing with Dental Pain

By John Meola on February 02, 2016

A woman undergoing a dental examThe team at Dental Associates of New England has helped countless people throughout the greater Boston area achieve healthy and beautiful smiles. This includes general dental care procedures as well as root canal and other advanced dental thearapies.

Many patents who come to the practice complain of dental pain and toothaches. Let's consider some common causes of tooth pain and how it can be treated.

Serious Tooth Decay

When you have teeth that are serious decayed, this can lead to a high degree of tooth sensitivity and serious toothaches as well. The ideal treatment for tooth decay is getting a dental restoration placed, such as fillings, inlays, onlays, or crowns. Brushing and flossing regularly is the best way to avoid tooth decay.

Injured or Damaged Teeth

When you have teeth that are serious injured due to an accident or physical altercation of some kind, this can cause major toothaches and dental pain. Dental restorations can be used to address these issues, though you can help prevent injuries to the teeth by wearing mouth protection, head protection, and face protection during sports and other activities.

Gum Recession

When the gums recede, this exposed more of the tooth's root structure, making tooth decay below the gumline more likely as well as higher instances of tooth sensitivity. The best way to avoid gum recession is to brush and floss regularly yet gently, and to not smoke or use tobacco products. Dentists can rebuild the gumline through grafting procedures.

Root Canal Infection

A root canal infection happens when the oral bacteria that naturally occurs in the mouth reaches the soft tissue at the center of the tooth. This can be very painful, and it requires endodontic therapy to help address this serious pain and discomfort. Good oral hygiene is the best option for preventing root canal infections.

Tooth Grinding (Bruxism)

Tooth grinding is the shifting, gnashing, and clenching of the teeth when a person is asleep. This can lead to chips and cracks, general soreness of the teeth and gums, and even pain in the jaw. The use of a night guard, stress management techniques, orthodontic care, and other options helps alleviate issues with teeth grinding.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the extra sets of molars that emerge during a person's early twenties. These extra teeth are not necessary, and they often come in crooked. When this happens, they can press against adjacent teeth, resulting in serious dental pain and even damage to your teeth. Wisdom tooth extraction is the best option for this problem.

Be Sure to Discuss Your Issues with Your Dentist

If you face any issues with dental pain or toothaches of any sort, be sure to bring these up with your dentist as soon as possible. Getting these matters addressed in a timely fashion will help ensure that your dental health and wellness is well looked after and you get the treatment you need as soon as possible.

Learn More About Treating Toothaches

For more information about your treatment options for toothaches and other dental health issues, be sure to contact our advanced dental care center today. The team at Dental Associates of New England looks forward to your visit and helping you have a healthy and beautiful smile.

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