Are you having Dental Pain

If you are experiencing pain in your teeth, gums, or jaw, please don’t hesitate to contact Sloan Creek Dental as there are many different types of pain. The intensity of the discomfort, the location, and duration can be a telling sign that it maybe a minor or serious toothache. Of course, it should be noted that “dental pain” is not necessarily always “tooth pain.” If you have chronic headaches, feel pain in your jaw joints, your face, or even your neck and head, you may be suffering from TMJ disorder.

Big or small, the sooner you visit your dentist near you, the better. As your family dentist, we’re here to help. After a complete examination and x-ray, we’ll be able to determine the cause of the pain and can provide a treatment plan to relieve your pain.

How can we help you with your toothache?

If you are experiencing a severe toothache, swelling in the gums, or pain of any kind, we will bring you in as soon as possible to treat it. Once you come in for your exam, we take our time to ensure we answer any and all questions you may have, and provide you with a treatment plan to take care of your toothache. We offer sedation dentistry and laser dentistry procedures to help you relax. Some of the dental treatment we can help alleviate your pain include:

  • Emergency Dental Care
  • Tooth Extractions
  • Root Canal Treatment
  • Jaw Pain – TMJ/TMD Therapy
  • Chipped or Broken Tooth
  • Bleeding Gums –
  • Gum Disease Therapy
  • Fractured Porcelain Crown

4 Common Types of dental pain and What They Mean

If you’re experiencing persistent tooth pain, you might think the root cause is a sensitive tooth, tooth cavity, or decay. But in reality, a toothache could be triggered by many things, like an exposed nerve, impacted wisdom teeth, an abscessed tooth, trauma to the face or jaw, or even a foreign object stuck in your mouth. Here are 4 common types of dental pain and how we can help in determining the next step in treating it.

Dull, Persistent Ache

A dull persistent dental pain is typically the most common type of toothache, and it can be caused by issues such as

  • Something lodged between your teeth
  • Something stuck in your gums
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • An abscessed tooth

By flossing and rinsing your mouth regularly, you can remove food that has lodged itself in your teeth or between your gums. If the issue is bruxism, talk to a dentist about about a mouth guard and other treatment options. If it’s an abscessed tooth, it needs to be addressed immediately.

Sensitivity to Hot and Cold

Dental sensitivity to temperature is typically momentary, but is a painful issue that many people experience when they bite down or chew, and a throbbing toothache usually appears to hot or cold foods. Pay attention to what triggers the toothache and how long the pain lasts. If the pain is minor and fleeting, you most likely have worn down enamel. If that is the case, it is recommend to try a toothpaste designed to treat sensitive teeth for a week to see if the issue subsides.

If you experience pain that lasts more than 30 seconds, it could be a sign of something more serious. Tooth decay, fractured teeth, exposed roots, worn or loose fillings, and gum disease are just a few reasons for sudden pain. Call your dentist today to schedule an appointment.

Sharp Pain when chewing

In nearly every circumstance, sharp or jabbing dental pain requires a visit to the dentist. A toothache is usually characterized by moderate to severe pain with tenderness around the affected tooth. When you bite down on that side of your mouth, an intense sensation radiates through the jaw and into the ear or temple. This type of toothache usually indicates that a filling is loose or a crown has fallen off. If you don’t have a filling or crown, the pain could be due to a fracture, tooth decay, or wear. The enamel of a tooth may have cracked, or you may have a cavity.

If you’re experiencing a sharp pain, don’t wait until the problem becomes unbearable.

Severe Throbbing Pain

If you’re experiencing sharp, throbbing pain in your teeth, it’s recommended to seek dental treatment immediately. Your dentist can take an x-ray of the area to determine if an infection is present and can prescribe antibiotics or other treatment as needed. If left untreated, an infection can eventually result in bone and tooth loss.

Recognizing TMJ Disorder, And Providing The Appropriate Treatment

The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders affect the way you experience everyday life. Symptoms occur when your jaw muscles tighten and become inflamed, causing pain in your face and head, and possibly interfering with your ability to bite, chew and speak normally. By correcting misalignment of your jaw joints, a TMJ appliance such as a oral splint can relieve jaw pain, or help return proper function to your teeth and bite.

What can cause a toothache?

A toothache is defined as pain in or around a tooth. Toothaches can be caused by:
Tooth decay
An Abscessed tooth
A Tooth break, chip or fracture
Bruxism or grinding teeth
Infected gums and/or gingivitis
A filling that has become damaged or loose over time

Some of the symptoms of a toothache are:
Tooth pain that may be sharp, throbbing, or constant.
Swelling around the tooth and gums
Fever, headache or nausea
A foul taste in the mouth

Sloan Creek Dental Can Help You Address your Dental Pain

Sloan Creek Dental can help you with maintaining your oral health care and enhance your quality of life. We take pride in being able to make every patient feel comfortable in our environment, and are happy to answer any questions you may have about dental pain, common causes of dental pain, TMJ Treatment, gum disease such as gingivitis and periodontitis.  We proudly serve other communities such as Allen, Lucas, McKinney, and Plano.  Contact us at (972) 468-1440 today to discuss how we can help get the dental care you need.  Your friends and family will be amazed with your new smile!