Dental pain can happen for a myriad of reasons, some of which may not be tooth-related. Sinus infections, nerve conditions and even vitamin deficiencies can be to blame for tooth pain. Most often, the cause of dental pain can be linked to a problem with the teeth or jaw. If you are experiencing dental pain, you should not ignore it. It is important to visit your dentist and have your dental pain evaluated so you can experience relief.
Common Dental Pain Causes
Tooth damage is one common cause of dental pain. If you have suffered trauma from an accident that resulted in a broken tooth, you may experience pain that can be excruciating. Problems with dental crowns, implants or missing fillings can also lead to pain. Tooth decay is also a common culprit in dental pain. Cavities can penetrate into the tooth enamel, or abscesses can form, affecting the nerve or the pulp inside the tooth. Gum disease can lead to swelling of the gums, causing pain as well. Other causes of dental pain include:
- Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to pain that can be mistaken for sinus pain
- Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) caused by grinding teeth or dislocation of the joint
- Malocclusion, or misaligned teeth, can cause jaw and facial muscle pain
- Mouth cancer
When to See Your Dentist
If you are involved in an accident and lose a tooth, it is important to be seen by your dentist as quickly as possible to rule out any further damage. If you lose a filling or are experiencing pain from a crown, call to schedule an appointment. Be sure to explain to the receptionist that you are experiencing pain so they will get you seen quickly. As a general rule, if you experience dental pain for one or two days, and the pain is accompanied by fever, ear pain or if it hurts when opening or closing your mouth, you should be seen as soon as possible.
If you are experiencing dental pain, don’t ignore it. It is important to have your pain evaluated so you can get back to normal as fast as possible. At Envision Dental, our patients’ care comes first. Call us today to schedule a consultation.