Posted on 10/19/2020 by Huronia Oral Surgery Group
Typically, oral pain involves a tooth or a series of teeth when the nerves in the tooth's pulp are aggravated or the surrounding gum tissue is irritated. The most common sources of oral pain are tooth infection, trauma, advanced tooth decay or the loss of a tooth. While having a tooth extracted can be the cause of acute pain at the site of the extraction, it can also radiate and spread to the jaw, particularly in the TMJ area as well as the sinuses and earaches.
The bacteria living in the mouth can cause periodontal disease and advance tooth decay. Both of these can cause tooth pain. Proper oral hygiene, including flossing and brushing, can go a long way to preventing many oral conditions. Using a fluoride toothpaste and getting dental exams and cleanings where sealants and professional grade fluoride can be applied to strengthen teeth. This is vital, especially in children.
What Causes Toothaches?
When toothaches occur, it usually can be attributed to the central portion of the tooth becoming inflamed. Because this inflammation occurs in the pulp where the nerve endings for the tooth are located, it can be very sensitive. This swelling in the pulp can be caused by a dental trauma, a cavity or some kind of dental infection of the oral cavity. With this problem teeth can become overly sensitive to temperature changes and pain can be associated with hot and cold foods and drinks.
Some patients experience pain when they are chewing because they have a cracked or fractured tooth. Crown placement can help these patients by covering the tooth and holding it together tightly so the crack is not aggravated by the patient's biting motion.
Patients may take anti-inflammatory medication which can alleviate the swelling of gum tissue. If the pain continues surgical procedures may be required to lessen the pain. If you are ready to discuss your options, give us a call.