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Tooth Pain: What Could It Be?

Tooth Pain: What Could It Be?

COMMON REASONS YOUR TEETH MAY HURT
If you have ever had a throbbing toothache, it is difficult to forget. Some say that tooth pain is one of the most inconvenient, especially when it appears out of the blue. Sometimes it's not obvious what is causing the pain, which makes it much more stressful. Your tooth pain can be as simple as a very small cavity or a loose filling, but you won't really know until you schedule a visit to your dentist. DentalWorks in Chicago, IL will work with you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible to identify the cause and treat it quickly. From abscesses to sinus pressure, these are some of the most common causes of tooth pain:

ABSCESS
You may experience a lot of pain if you have an abscessed tooth. When you have an abscess this means that there is an infection deep within the root of your tooth. You will have noticeable swelling and inflammation and, of course, a great deal of pain that may make it hard to chew on the infected side of your mouth. Additionally, if you have a fever, the infection has spread into your jaw and may turn into a septic infection throughout your body. To take care of the problem, your dentist will need to drain the abscess and prescribe a round of oral antibiotics.

CAVITIES
Cavities are usually the top suspect when it comes to tooth pain. And while you may think of cavities as a minor dental problem, they can turn into larger issue, like an abscess, if you don't get it treated. When caught early, a cavity can be easily fixed with a tooth-colored filling or other restoration.

TMJ DISORDER
The hinge of your jaw is known as the temporomandibular joint or TMJ. Clenching your jaw, either as a response to stress during the day or unconsciously when you are asleep, it can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). This can alter the alignment of your bite creating headaches, tooth pain, and other issues. DentalWorks in Chicago, IL offers many treatments for TMD, including night guards. Once your TMD is diagnosed, your dentist can develop a personalized TMJ therapy plan to alleviate your pain.

TEETH GRINDING
People have different responses to everyday anxiety. If you are gritting your teeth off and on for hours throughout the day, you may eventually have tooth pain. You might also have nocturnal bruxism, which means that you are unconsciously grinding your teeth in your sleep. Teeth grinding damages your dental health, eventually leading to pain, weakened enamel, and tooth fractures. After diagnosing your bruxism, your dentist can develop a plan for treatment to stop the damage created by grinding and restore your oral health.

LOOSE RESTORATION
A lot of people have older metal dental fillings that don't bond as well to enamel as modern tooth-colored fillings. A loose filling can definitely cause big problems in your mouth fast. Food and bacteria sneak into the crevices below your restoration causing irritation, infection, and decay. Keep in mind that you do not necessarily have to feel or see a loose filling. The movement of the restoration might be small. You may not even know you have a problem until your dentist notices it with an x-ray. If you still have older, metal fillings, talk to your dentist to get them replaced before you have an issue.

ORTHODONTIC ADJUSTMENT
Whether you're straightening your bite with conventional metal braces or clear aligners, you will likely feel at least a little tooth pain. After braces are adjusted, there's normally a period when your teeth and gums are most likely to be a little sore following the appointment. Shifting to your next set of aligners also tends to make your mouth feel tight for a bit as your teeth adjust. We suggest that you talk to your dentist or orthodontist about tips to reduce discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers and other home treatments. Extreme pain should be reported immediately since it might be an indicator of a severe problem.

SINUS PRESSURE
Anyone who has ever had severe allergies or a sinus infection will know the discomfort of throbbing sinus pressure and headaches. Your teeth (particularly you upper molars) are very close to your sinuses so you may feel tooth pain if you have an infection in your sinuses (sinusitis). You will need to see a physician to treat your sinus infection. When you have your sinusitis under control, your facial and dental pain should let up for some well-deserved relief.

TEETH WHITENING
Teeth whitening strips and other products bought at the store can make your teeth feel sensitive after application. Using too much whitening solution and whitening solution getting into a damaged tooth can be reasons why your teeth hurt. As opposed to risking tooth pain, sensitivity, and uneven results, schedule a consultation to find out about professional teeth whitening. DentalWorks in Chicago, IL offers both home and in-office whitening treatments customized to meet your wants and needs.

TOOTH SENSITIVITY
Sometimes, you may feel a spot in your teeth that flashes with pain when you drink hot coffee or enjoy a bowl of ice cream. Sensitivity to hot, cold, and sweet can mean a larger dental problem, such as a cavity or exposed nerve. You should schedule an appointment with your dentist if you have chronic tooth sensitivity so the underlying issue can be found and addressed.

ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES
If you are in a car accident or endure a sports-related injury, the impact to your teeth can result in a crack, chip, fracture, or even a knocked-out tooth. It is best to have your teeth examined as soon as possible if you suffer an injury to your teeth or face. To avoid sports-related dental injuries, Dental Works in Chicago, IL offers custom athletic mouth guards.

WISDOM TEETH
Your wisdom teeth (third molars) typically develop after all of your other teeth are in place. When they start to erupt (around the age of 17 – 21 years old), you most likely don't have enough room in your mouth for them. This is why the wisdom teeth are usually removed. However, before this happens, wisdom teeth can cause some problems. You may feel anything from a general soreness to an overbearing pain that will not resolve itself without treatment. Your jaw may appear swollen and feel sore throughout the eruption progression. With modern extraction techniques combined with sedation, removing wisdom teeth can be an easy process that saves you from much more pain in the long run. If you don't get your wisdom teeth removed and they become impacted, it increases the possibility of developing cysts, nerve damage in your jaw, and a more invasive removal technique.

FIX IT, DON'T FORGET IT
As soon as you feel any discomfort, you should schedule a consultation with your dentist to find the problem diagnosed and repaired. If you're fighting through the pain because of dental fears or anxiety about the chance of an invasive procedure, ask about your sedation options. DentalWorks in Chicago, IL uses the most advanced tools and techniques to minimize your discomfort during treatments, but we also offer you many different levels of sedation for additional comfort. And keep in mind that most dental problems will not heal on their own, so the longer you waitto get help, the bigger the problem becomes, which may require a lengthier procedure. If you really want to avoid spending unnecessary time and money in the dentist's office, schedule twice yearly appointments at DentalWorks in Chicago, IL for cleanings and an oral health exam. This allows your dentist the opportunity to suggest proactive solutions like dental sealants, professional fluoride treatments, and more that will reduce your risk of developing problems in the first place. Like Benjamin Franklin said, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

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