Don’t Let Your Toothache Turn Into An Infection

If you feel any pain or sensitivity in your teeth or gums, it is time to schedule an appointment with your dentist. Even if the pain or discomfort comes and goes, it is your body’s way of trying to tell you that something is wrong. Sometimes, the solution is simple, but sometimes it is far more severe.

Cavity Control

One reason you should schedule dental cleaning and care every 6 months is so cavities can be addressed before they become painful. Even with daily flossing, and brushing twice each day, cavities can still occur. A fairly simple filling is often the solution for tooth pain caused by a cavity.

Gum Disease

Cavities are caused by bacteria that works its way between your tooth enamel, but excessive bacteria trapped in your gums can lead to gum disease. This bacteria can lead to inflammation and pain. The longer gum disease goes untreated, the more painful it becomes. Treatment involves deep cleaning, often beyond that of standard bi-annual tooth cleaning. You may also need to make changes to your daily oral hygiene routine.

Cracked Or Damaged Tooth

Sometimes, the cause of tooth pain is a cracked or broken tooth. It is possible for teeth to crack or chip without you noticing, especially if they are farther back in your mouth. There are many causes of cracked teeth: eating hard candies, hard foods, car accidents, or collisions while playing sports. Treatment will vary dependent upon the severity of the crack.

Abscess Or Sever Infection

If any cause of tooth pain goes untreated, it can lead to an abscess or severe infection. If left untreated, both can lead to a long list of health concerns throughout your body. This advanced decay often requires an extraction or a root canal.

Wisdom Teeth Growing In

Many teens and adults have their wisdom teeth pulled before they grow in. This is because this extra set of molars is non-essential, and because they sometimes grow in impacted. Your dentist can view your wisdom teeth on an x-ray before they grow in to help you determine the best option. If you opt to allow them to grow in, breaking through your gums will be painful. If they do become impacted, the pain can be quite severe—and an extraction is likely to be your best option.

As you can see, there are many potential causes of tooth pain. Your best option is to schedule an appointment with your dentist when pain occurs.