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By Family Dental Center
April 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  

It strikes without notice and sometimes at the most inconvenient hours. Sadly, the pain can be one of the worst you can ever experience in your life. The pain also does not fade away on its own. Massaging it may not even work. What are we talking about? A toothache.

The problem with a toothache or tooth pain is that the source can sometimes be challenging to pinpoint. However, if your tooth pain is due to an accident, trauma, or infection, it’s best to check in with your emergency dentist here at Family Dental Center in Glenview, IL, to prevent further complications.

What Exactly is a Toothache?

A toothache occurs when the nerve found in the root of your tooth or the teeth around it becomes irritated, decayed, infected, or injured. Eventually, this will lead to tooth loss, but only after you suffer from almost excruciating pain. The pain doesn’t always come from the tooth—it could likewise radiate from your jaw or other surrounding areas in your mouth.

Without proper oral hygiene, there could be uncontrollable bacteria growth in your mouth. This may result in dental decay, gum disease, or both, which may cause you pain. All of this pain can be avoided with proper brushing, flossing, and regular visits to your dentist at least twice every year.

Symptoms and Causes of Tooth Pain

If a toothache can give you so much pain, it is important to be aware of its symptoms and causes. The most common you can experience is a dull or sharp pain inside or around the tooth. It is likewise possible that some symptoms may not even start from the tooth, but may be brought on by infection, shingles, sinusitis, or a similar disease.

People who experience toothache commonly complain of jaw pain as well. Pain can be short or long depending on the stimulus. When inflammation increases, severe pain can be expected. This could cause the pain to travel to your ears, cheeks, and other surrounding areas. Other common symptoms include:

  • A painful sensation when chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Bleeding around the gum and infected tooth area
  • Swelling of the jaw and tooth area
  • Trauma or injury to the affected area

What Could Cause Your Toothache?

As earlier described, it is brought upon by the inflammation of the nerves in the root of the tooth or the pulp. The common causes of this type of inflammation are:

  • Dental cavities
  • Gum diseases
  • Abscess of the tooth
  • Infections
  • Tooth trauma
  • Abnormal bite
  • Tooth eruption during early childhood
  • Bruxism or grinding of the teeth

The actual cause of the toothache though can only be determined through a dental exam conducted by your emergency dentist in Glenview, IL. This will likewise ensure that you receive proper treatment to alleviate the pain caused by the toothache.

For Dental Advice or Emergency Help, Reach Out to Us

Call (847) 998-1281 to schedule your consultation with one of our emergency dentists here at the Family Dental Center in Glenview, IL.

By Family Dental Center
October 09, 2011
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain   toothache  

When it comes to tooth pain, it is important to identify two things: what is causing your pain and what can be done about it. In some instances you can handle it yourself at home; however, for others, you should contact us so that we can diagnose and treat the problem. See how much you really know about tooth pain by taking our true/false test.

  1. It is perfectly normal to experience tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods for a few days after dental treatment.
    True or False
  2. If you experience sharp pain when biting down on foods, you should hold off on contacting us to see if the pain gets better on it own.
    True or False
  3. Tooth pain is caused by a reaction of nerves inside the tooth's enamel with the severity of the pain dependant upon the type and degree of the stimulus.
    True or False
  4. Generally speaking, pain is a protective response that ranges from minor to severe as a way of informing the body that something is wrong.
    True or False
  5. If a tooth's root surface is sensitive, you should use a firm toothbrush to ensure that you are keeping the area clean by thoroughly removing dental bacterial plaque.
    True or False
  6. Lingering pain after eating hot or cold foods and liquids probably means that the pulp within your tooth is probably damaged or inflamed as a result of deep tooth decay or injury from a physical trauma.
    True or False
  7. Regarding tooth sensitivity, you should only contact us if the pain persists for several months because this is not likely to be anything serious.
    True or False
  8. If a tooth's pulp becomes damaged or dies, you will need a root canal.
    True or False
  9. With tooth pain, knowing how long to wait before you contact us can save physical, financial and emotional stress.
    True or False
  10. People often confuse tooth and sinus pain because they both can feel the same — a dull ache with pressure in the upper teeth and sinus area on one or both sides of the face.
    True or False

Answers: 1) True. 2) False. You should contact us asap for an examination before the pain worsens. 3) False. The nerves are located in the tooth's pulp chamber. 4) True. 5) False. Use a soft bristled toothbrush not a firm one. 6) True. 7) False. While tooth sensitivity generally does not signal a serious issue, if it persist for days or worsens, contact us. 8) True. 9) False. Early interception is best. 10) True.

To learn more, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Pain? Don't Wait!” Or contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions.

By Family Dental Center
September 18, 2011
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain   toothache  

Tooth pain occurs when a trauma or infection triggers a reaction from the nerves inside a tooth's pulp chamber. The severity of the pain and its duration can vary depending on the underlying cause, which can include anything from a loose filling to an abscess. Ignoring symptoms not only results in unnecessary physical and emotional pain, but can also lead to more expensive dental treatment as problems become more complex. Make an appointment with our office today if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Sharp pain when biting down on food — This type of pain could be indicative of a cracked tooth, loose filling, or tooth decay that is affecting one or more of your teeth. We can remove decay and replace a loose filling, but if your tooth is cracked, we will have to determine the location and depth of the crack before formulating a treatment plan. In some cases, root canal treatment or even extraction may be necessary.
  • Pain that lingers after eating hot or cold foods or liquids — Mild and short-term sensitivity (lasting only seconds or a minute) to hot and cold foods resulting from gum recession can often be soothed by using a fluoride toothpaste made for sensitive teeth. However, an inflamed tooth pulp or one that is dying due to severe decay could cause sensitivity that lingers for a long time after exposure. In this case, root canal treatment may be necessary to remove dying pulp tissue in order to save the tooth.
  • Constant severe pain and pressure, swelling of the gums, and sensitivity to touch — Infections and/or abscesses can spread from the tooth pulp into the surrounding periodontal tissues and bone causing this type of pain. Root canal treatment will most likely be required.
  • Dull ache and pressure on one or both sides of the face in the upper teeth region — The sinuses and upper back teeth share the same nerves, so, oftentimes, referred pain from sinus congestion or infection can feel like a toothache. A thorough examination can determine whether or not the pain is dentally related.

If you are experiencing tooth pain, call our office immediately so that we can begin to provide you with some relief. To read about other symptoms of tooth pain and possible treatment options, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Pain? Don't Wait!