Ignoring tooth pain can be detrimental to your dental health.
Have you ever experienced sharp tooth pain when chatting with friends, and as quick as it was there – it was gone? What did you do after the pain went away? Did you contact your dentist or did you go on with your day only to remember the pain when it happened again?
Some toothaches may not have any underlying cause, but chances are pain that’s experienced multiple times may be symptomatic of a larger problem. While some tooth pain may be caused by head tension, stress, or a cracked tooth – it’s best to see your dentist if you’re experiencing ongoing tooth pain.
5 Types of Tooth Pain and What They Mean
Each type of toothache pain can reveal different dental issues you may be experiencing.
Sharp Shooting Pain
As we use our teeth, we experience natural wear and tear which can cause tooth hypersensitivity. Sharp shooting pain may be an indication of gum recession due to using a hard bristle toothbrush or brushing too hard. Other reasons for this type of pain may be an abscess, cracked tooth, or a decayed tooth.
Constant Chronic Pain
The underlying cause of chronic lingering pain can be caused by advanced tooth decay which has damaged the tooth pulp and root, nerve damage from teeth grinding, or trauma due to injury.
Discomfort While Eating
Pain like this is often an indication of severe tooth decay, a loose filling, or a cracked tooth. Allowing severe tooth decay to go untreated can result in the death of the tooth pulp or root.
Regular Throbbing Pain
Throbbing tooth pain is associated with inflammation in or around the tooth usually caused by an infection from an abscess. An abscessed tooth can cause fever, sensitivity to hot and cold, and swelling of the jaw.
Particularly pain to the back of the jaw can be an indication of impacted wisdom teeth or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ). If you grind your teeth at night (Bruxism) you can experience back jaw pain, pain in your cheekbones, and even pain in your outer ear canals.
Contact Your Dentist
Whatever type of toothache you experience, it’s extremely important to contact your dentist and make an appointment. The sooner the issue is addressed the easier it may be to resolve and prevent further dental issues.
If you’re in need of a dentist then contact Hospital Dental Group at 860-524-5194. We look forward to hearing from you!
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