Diagnosing Tooth Pain

Diagnosing Tooth Pain

Tooth pain or a toothache occurs when the nerve in the root of a tooth becomes irritated. Oral infection, injury, decay or tooth loss ranks the most common causes of oral pain. Pain may also develop following a tooth extraction, and sometimes can originate from areas below the jaw but feel similar to tooth pain, a condition known as referred pain. The most common areas referred pain can originate from include the ear, jaw joint and even occasional heart problems. Here at Sonora Dentist, the best choice for dental office Sonora, CA has, we take tooth pain seriously and want to make sure your teeth remain as healthy as can be,

Oral bacteria can contribute to the development of gum disease, plaque and oral decay. These problems can become quite painful if left untreated. Fortunately, you can prevent the majority of non-injury related oral pain by practicing quality oral hygiene. The American Dental Association classifies good oral hygiene as brushing at least twice daily, flossing daily and scheduling regular oral checkups and cleanings with a dentist.

Causes of Toothaches

A toothache occurs as a result of inflammation of the center portion of the tooth, an area referred to as the pulp. The pulp contains nerve endings that have a high degree of sensitivity to pain. Inflammation of the pulp or pulptitis may be the result of dental cavities, infection or trauma. Occasionally referred pain from the jaw, ear and neck may cause you to experiences symptoms similar to a toothache.

Symptoms of a Toothache

Obviously, tooth and jaw pain rank as the most common complaints related to a toothache. You may experience severe pain to hot or cold stimuli, or pressure when suffering from a toothache. The discomfort you experience can even last longer than 15 seconds after the stimulus that triggered the pain has been removed. As the area of the inflammation increases, the discomfort becomes more severe. It may radiate to the jaw, ear, or cheek.
Other signs and symptoms that may cause you to seek care include discomfort when chewing; bleeding around the gums or tooth; jaw swelling or swelling around a tooth; trauma or injury to the affected area.

These symptoms and signs may occasionally be associated with tooth decay or gum disease. Tooth decay or a red area that surrounds the tooth at the gum line may indicate the source of any pain or discomfort. If you touch an infected tooth, it may cause the discomfort to become more intense. This sign may point to the problem tooth even if it appears normal.

Other Sources of Face Pain

It’s important to differentiate a toothache from other sources of face pain. Sinusitis, throat or ear pain, or an injury to the temporomandibular joint that attaches the jaw to the skull can be confused with toothache. Pain from a deeper area may be passed along the nerve and feel as if it is emanating from a tooth or the jaw. In order to determine the source of the pain and receive relief, you need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Berger.

You need to seek immediate medical care in any instance where tooth pain persists after taking over-the-counter medications or if you experience severe swelling or discomfort. A fever is typically a sign of infection, as simple tooth decay does not cause a fever to develop. These signs may signify an infection in the area surrounding a tooth, the gum or jaw bone. Swelling and fever may indicate the presence of an abscess, which may require the use of antibiotics or surgery to open and drain the abscess. It’s important to treat any infection early before it has a chance to spread to other parts of the body.

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