What is Dental Pain?
Dental pain typically refers pain in the tooth or multiple teeth. This condition can be caused by many different situations, so it would be impossible to use only pain as a diagnosis. Regardless, the pain alone can have many consequences besides discomfort. In fact, the dental pain can even cause the body to collapse if the pain is severe enough. If untreated, the consequences may be irreversible.
Tooth pain can be described in four different ways:
- Mild: This type of tooth pain typically occurs for those developing an infection where a cavity treatment may be needed.
- Lingering: Lingering dental pain is typically mild, but constant throughout the entire day. This is a sign of possible gum disease and needs to be seen to.
- Severe: Severe pain is usually extremely uncomfortable. This is a sign of severe dental infection and needs to be treated as soon as possible. Pain killers are needed to get through the day.
- Aggressive: Aggressive dental pain will occur suddenly at a chronic level. An emergency dentist may be needed since the cause of this tooth pain must be addressed as soon as possible. This type of pain will render normal functions useless.
Which Problems are the Main Causes of Tooth Pain?
Gum disease, tooth decay, and damaged teeth are the main causes of dental pain. Periodontitis is a type of gum disease that will cause pain as it destroys bone and infects the roots. Tooth decay is typically the result ofacid attack on teeth due to diet and poor oral hygiene, which will result loss of teeth. Naturally, if you have an accident that fractures your teeth then you will feel tooth pain.
How Can I Treat Tooth Pain?
We have several options for those who need tooth pain treatment. If possible, we will avoid invasive surgery procedures though they may be likely depending on the root cause of the dental pain. We will be able to tell you the exact method of treatment that needs to be done after the initial exam, though the three below are the most common.
- Root Canal Procedure: In a severe case of tooth pain, a root canal treatment may be necessary since it is likely that bacteria are infecting the roots of the teeth. A root canal procedure involves the removal of infected dental pulp in the roots and replacing it with a special filling.
- Tooth Extraction: In order to save a tooth from dental pain, an extraction may be necessary. The plaque and bacteria may have infected all of the supporting structures of the tooth, which means that the only option would be to remove it completely. There are plenty of options to get this tooth replaced though so do not worry. If the infected tooth is not removed than the infection will spread and cause tooth pain for your entire set of teeth.
- Tooth Fillings: The cause of your pain may simple be a cavity. In order to treat this, all that is done is a quick removal of the infected tooth material. The open area will be replaced with a filling to protect your teeth from further infection.
If you need any questions answered about tooth pain, dental pain causes, treatment options for tooth pain, or any other topic related to general or cosmetic dentistry then contact us on 02 9268 0778 or fill up the contact form on this page.