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Don’t Let Fear of Dental Procedures Stop You From Getting the Help You Need

Don’t let fear stop you from seeking help from a dentist when you are experiencing the pain of a toothache. Few things can cause as much pain or affect one’s entire body, the way an infected tooth does. With today’s advancements in dentistry, the pain from an infected or cracked tooth, is far greater than the dental procedure to correct it.

A toothache can be persistent or wax and wane, but in either case they are painful, and can make eating all but impossible. Tooth pain that is not eased with the use of over-the-counter medicines must be checked by a dental professional. Typical causes, indications, and treatment methods for toothaches are described below:

  • Causes – The most prevalent cause for tooth pain is that of irritated nerves within the tooth’s pulp. The cause of the irritation can be the result of infection, gun disease, excessive plaque, decay, blunt trauma injury, missing crowns or fillings, and cracked teeth. Less often, pain whose source of origin is elsewhere, can radiate to the mouth and mistaken as a toothache. Conditions that can cause this include ear or sinus infections and TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorders).
  • Indications and Symptoms – Depending on the cause, and the individual, pain intensity can vary from minimal irritation to full-blown, stabbing pain. Eating, and even drinking, may become practically intolerable, as the pressure from chewing or the shock of a cold beverage, can result in extreme pain. Infections can cause inflammation of the surrounding tissue as well as the jaw and cheek area. These symptoms may be indications or gum disease or tooth decay but this can only be diagnosed by a dental professional.
  • Diagnosis and Treatment – A precise diagnosis is made after physical examination and review of x-rays. Abscessed teeth are typically addressed with a root canal or removal of the tooth. Gum disease issues are addressed with deep cleaning procedures that reach below the gum line. Tooth pain that results from other conditions like TMJ or sinus infections must be dealt with through pain management and treatment methods.

Depending on the pain level and whether the tooth pain affects one’s daily routine, one might try and home remedies like warm compresses, pain medicine, warm salt water rinses, or ice packs if swelling is involved. If none of these home remedies offer any relief than seeking help from a dental professional is the best course of action.