Although a cavity is usually the culprit when it comes to a toothache, there are other potential causes, some of which may not even originate in the teeth or mouth. At The Hamptons Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Darian Hampton can assess the source of your pain, and help you get comfortable and performing at your best again.
Pain from a toothache can be felt in a number of ways. Some of the most common include:
- Pain from extreme hot or cold foods or beverages
- Sharp pain when biting down
- Throbbing or incessant pain
- Pain in upper teeth on both sides
Potential Sources of Pain and Solutions
Identifying the source of pain can sometimes be complicated, but the type of pain can be indicative of some common dental problems. In the event that pain persists for a day or two, it is advisable to make an appointment with a dentist.
Pain from hot or cold could be an indication of a cavity or possibly a sign of sensitive teeth. One thing to try is using a soft bristled toothbrush.
Sharp pain from biting down can sometimes be a cavity, and other times could indicate a cracked tooth. A dentist can evaluate a cracked tooth to determine the proper solution: a filling, crown or, in very bad cases, an extraction.
Throbbing or incessant pain can mean a tooth is abscessed or has an infection. A dentist should also evaluate this condition as soon as possible.
In cases where there is pain only in the upper teeth, but on both sides of the mouth, the cause may be sinusitis. The use of decongestants and other techniques to alleviate sinus pressure and sinus build-up will help determine whether this is the case.
Bruxism, or grinding of the teeth, can lead to tooth and jaw pain. Worn tooth enamel, flattened teeth, jaw pain, and tooth sensitivity are all potential signs of bruxism. Left untreated, bruxism can lead to fractured teeth and complications of the jaw. The most common treatment is a combination of a custom fitted night guard and medication.
At the Hamptons Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer the latest innovations in family dental care. For more information about your dental care options, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.