When you experience pain, it is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. However, you live a busy life and have no time for interruptions. Pain is often managed with over the counter pain relievers. While this solution can work some of the time, persistent pain needs to be addressed. This goes for your teeth as well. Painful teeth can greatly impact your quality of life, making everyday essential tasks difficult. In the event of painful teeth, National Dental Melville is here to help.

Causes of Tooth Pain

There are many causes of tooth pain. In some cases, the cause may be nothing serious. However, there is also a chance that it could be something significant. The only way to know for sure is to schedule an appointment for an exam. Pain in your teeth is not likely to go away on its own. In fact, it usually grows worse as time goes on. Common causes of tooth pain include:

  • Gum (periodontal) disease.
  • Tooth decay and cavities.
  • Teeth that are misaligned (or a misaligned jaw).
  • Facial trauma (which can be caused by auto accidents, sports injuries, falls and more).
  • Erupting teeth (this is experienced by babies and young children).

There are some instances in which you will experience tooth pain, but the pain has absolutely nothing to do with your teeth. Painful teeth may be indicative of a sinus infection or temporomandibular joint disorder. With these conditions, the nerves of your teeth are located very near to the actual source of your pain and can radiate into your teeth. Tooth pain can also sometimes be a symptom of an entirely different health condition, such as heart disease.

Other Symptoms that Accompany Tooth Pain

When you have tooth pain, you may experience other symptoms as well:

  • A fever.
  • Swelling of the gums around the affected tooth or teeth.
  • Lingering pain or sensitivity.
  • A bad taste in your mouth (which does not get better even after brushing).
  • Having trouble swallowing or breathing.

Treating Your Painful Teeth

Your specific treatment depends mainly on the exact cause of your tooth pain. To diagnose the cause, we first conduct a thorough oral exam. We will check your teeth for signs of damage and decay. We will inspect your gums for signs of an infection. We will also take digital images, which will allow us to see the hidden structures of your mouth. We will check for cavities between your teeth, damage below the gum line, abscesses, cysts and more. The complete picture provided by digital imaging allows us to make a more accurate diagnosis, and provide you with an effective treatment plan. Common treatments for painful teeth include:

  • Root canal.
  • Crowns.
  • Fillings.
  • Orthodontic treatment (metal or clear braces).
  • Oral surgery.

Can I Prevent Tooth Pain?

There are some types of tooth pain that can be prevented. Issues like tooth decay and gum disease can be prevented with regular brushing, flossing and dental cleanings and exams. Sports injuries can be prevented with a mouth guard. However, there are some causes that cannot be prevented, such as misaligned teeth or jaw. By taking action as soon as you notice the pain, the more effective your treatment will be.

Don’t ignore painful teeth. While it may be nothing, to could also be something serious. Call National Dental Melville at (631) 816-2277 to schedule your consultation today.