Tooth pain: it’s one of the most miserable feelings in the world. When you have a toothache, it’s hard to eat, sleep, talk or concentrate. The underlying dread and fear of needing a tooth extracted only adds to the misery. Fortunately, there are different kinds of tooth pain–and not all of them equal drastic dental surgery, pulled teeth, or painful procedures.
Today, we’re looking at some different types of tooth pain, what they mean, and how you should take care of them.
Tooth Pain #1: Brief Tooth Sensitivity
One of the most common pain responses in our teeth is sensitivity to hot, cold, acidic or sweet foods. The pain can be due to eroded tooth enamel or gum recession which exposes a part of the tooth’s nerve. Pain related to tooth sensitivity will appear immediately upon contact with certain foods and disappear quickly.
This type of tooth pain usually doesn’t indicate a serious underlying problem, but you may want to visit your doctor for advice on how to treat it.
Tooth Pain #2: Lasting Tooth Sensitivity
Unlike brief tooth sensitivity that diminishes quickly, sensitivity pain that lasts a long time is more serious.
Tooth sensitivity that lasts for several minutes after eating hot or cold foods could signal tooth decay or damage to the tooth pulp. If you’ve noticed your teeth feeling sensitive even after you’ve finished eating, you need to visit your dentist immediately.
Tooth Pain #3: Sharp, Shooting Tooth Pain
If you experience a sharp pain when you bite down on something, you could have a cracked tooth that needs immediate repair.
A sharp pain that shoots deep into your jaw could also signal a cavity or extensive tooth decay.
If you experience any sort of sharp pains in your teeth, especially while eating, you should visit your dentist immediately. The pain likely signals serious issues with the health of the affected tooth.
Tooth Pain #4: Throbbing Pain In the Jaw
Throbbing tooth pain is extremely common; sometimes, it doesn’t originate in your tooth but in an adjacent area, like the ears, sinuses, jaw muscles or throat.
However, a consistent throbbing tooth pain that gets worth over time could be an abscessed or infected tooth.
Abscesses are a serious health problem. Over time, an untreated abscess can spread infection to the tissues surrounding your tooth, including your jaw, neck and throat. Visit your dentist immediately if you have persistent throbbing pain, especially if you also have a fever, pain when eating, facial swelling or swelling in your neck and jaw.
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