DENTAL PAIN: THE WHAT, WHY, AND HOW TO TREAT
WHAT IS DENTAL PAIN?
Often referred to as ‘toothache’, dental pain takes various forms. The pain may be mild or severe, constant or fleeting, dull or sharp, and concentrated on your teeth or radiating through to your jaw, ears, and sinuses. That said, we will make one assumption: Your sudden tooth pain will add a layer of discomfort to eating, drinking, and even sleeping.
WHAT CAUSES DENTAL PAIN?
Well – almost anything! Thankfully, our teeth are incredibly durable, made to withstand plenty of crunching, sipping, biting, and chomping. But, they’re not invincible, and so making your way past the enamel by just a few milometers will take you straight to the ultimate pain point; our nerve endings.
It happens. From failing to dodge a football to biting down on an apple with force, injuries can sprain, crack, chip, and even cause your tooth to detach completely. By exposing your tooth pulp – the center of the tooth that’s home to your nerves – injuries are one of the biggest driving forces behind that dreaded emergency tooth pain.
It’s intense. It throbs. And it seems to appear with the click of a finger. Radiating through to your jaw, ear, and head, dental pain caused by an infection is recognized by a nagging pain that gets worse when lying down.
Often caused by over-indulging in sugary foods and drinks, decay happens when a build-up of plaque releases acid onto our teeth. From there, small holes begin to form, allowing bacteria to make their way in. Many of us only realize we have tooth decay once these holes turn into painful abscesses or increasing tooth sensitivity.
Regardless of how you lose your tooth, from dental surgery and gum disease to an injury, it’s not just the affected gums that cause pain. Phantom tooth pain is a very real phenomenon, causing aching and throbbing where your tooth was, even though it’s no longer there.