Dealing with tooth pains

Tooth pains are actually quite an often occurrence that almost everyone will suffer from at some stage throughout their lives. Indeed, it’s something that people are so familiar with, that the aches and pains many feel are often neglected until they are really serious. With the pain in tooth and gums being an early sign of disease – it’s important to ensure that you get regular dental check-ups.

Ideally, tooth pains shouldn’t happen, but they occur due to a number of reasons. From hyper-sensitive teeth to dental caries or cavities which are the result of decayed teeth, the pains can range from a mild and dull sensation to something that’s almost unbearable. While many like to think that tooth pain will resolve itself, sometimes, the only way to fix the problem is to visit a dentist.

Dentists examine teeth for signs of decay, disease and they can try and identify the problem. Indeed, tooth pain is a symptom of many tooth related illnesses / diseases such as bruxism, neuralgia, cracked teeth, exposed roots, gum disease and even jaw problems. Additionally, a pain in tooth or teeth can be the result of a non-dental problem and in some cases it’s an early warning sign of a heart attack if the sufferer has other symptoms such as pain in the chest.

Arguably however, the most common cause of pain in the teeth is without a doubt, dental cavities. These are essentially holes in the teeth which form after the outer layer of strong enamel breaks down and exposes the tooth’s inner dentine surface. When this happens holes form and bacteria / debris gets trapped in the cavities. Over time, infection can occur which for many can be extremely painful.

The good news is that preventing cavities and tooth pain is relatively easy. Good dental hygiene and dental check-ups ensuring your teeth are cleaned and descaled / debrided regularly ensures that cavities and the pains associated with them are not a problem. Dentists typically fill cavities with a special filling or alternatively a dental crown which goes on top of the affected tooth.

Gum disease is also a common factor in tooth related pains. Gingivitis is perhaps the most common form of gum disease which is actually relatively painless, however if left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis which is a disease that involves the slow loss of bone around one’s teeth.

Accidents such as sports injuries are also common reasons for tooth pain. In these circumstances, it’s best to visit a dentist or emergency practitioner as soon as possible. Dentists can repair many broken teeth with crowns / veneers and the likes reducing the likelihood of complications and extensive tooth pain.

Ultimately – the pain in tooth aches and discomfort of the gums can be avoided with good hygiene and regular dental check-ups. This is vital as the removal of plaque and tartar can only be done by a dentist / dental hygienist. Without regular check-ups, dental pain and tooth aches can be a regular occurrence.

Toothache or tooth related pain can be caused by any number of conditions. From sinus-related infections to pain caused due to grinding one’s teeth, often it’s a pretty vague condition which can be hard to diagnose. The good news however is that in many cases, tooth pain doesn’t mean decay and as a result, extractions aren’t always the answer.

For many, tooth related pain presents itself as a either a sharp pain or a dull ache. While indeed, the most common cause of tooth pain is due to cavities (decay) it can also be caused due to bone infections and also periodontal disease. Generally speaking, when tooth pain is severe, the only choice is to visit a dentist and have the problem looked at.

The biggest problem with tooth pain is the fact that it’s a symptom that’s commonly associated with so many different problems. As a result, ruling out tooth pain that’s caused by dental problems is one of the best ways to actually find out what’s wrong as there is also a many number of neuralgia and also bruxism (grinding ones teeth) which aren’t strictly dental related.

Generally speaking, tooth related pain can be diagnosed due to the type of pain that is exhibited. Often dull pains are the result of minor cavities which can lead to this slight form of toothache. More severe pains are the result of obviously more complex problems such as abbesses, large cavities and also fractures in the teeth.

When it comes to treatment, often the skills of a dentist are required in order to correctly diagnose and work out a plan that eliminates the pain. In many cases, the in-direct cause of tooth pain is actually a fear of dentists, extractions and the false belief that many treatments are in fact exceedingly painful, when the reality is today that most treatments are painless as they are performed with anaesthesia.

Tooth pain is a serious condition and it’s a common thing for many to ignore this problem. For many, the easiest way to avoid pain is to enjoy good dental hygiene and visit a dentist regularly for check-ups. With good dental health,  the chance of dental pain will be kept to an absolute minimum.

However, in the few conditions that tooth pain seems to come from nowhere, the fact is that it might also be the sign of a more serious underlying condition. One such example is when teeth pain is felt alongside pains in the chest; in this situation – it might very well be the early signs of a heart attack.

Because of this, one cannot under-estimate the importance of recognizing and dealing with teeth related pain quickly and as early as possible. Whether it’s just a small cavity, or a chipped tooth – getting the problem fixed by a dentist will help ensure that what’s currently just a mild ache, won’t turn into something altogether more severe a few days, weeks or months down the road.

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