4 Ways to Treat Different Types of Tooth Pain

4 Ways to Treat Different Types of Tooth Pain

Out of nowhere, it hits…that sharp pain in your tooth suddenly catches you off guard and derails any plans you had for the day. Having no idea where it came from or why it appeared, you immediately take an over-the-counter pain reliever to try and achieve some reprieve from the discomfort. While you might assume that tooth pain in Marysville is brought on by an object stuck between your teeth or sinus congestion, there are actually several other reasons it can occur. To find out more about the different types of tooth pain and what can be done to treat it, read on.

Sharp, Fading Pain

If you experience sharp pains that quickly fade away, it is likely that your teeth are sensitive to either hot or cold temperatures. This is usually felt when eating ice cream, drinking a glass of cold water, or “enjoying” a bowl of hot soup. Typically, the pain will not last for more than 30 seconds, and if it does, there may be something more serious causing the sharp pains in your teeth (i.e. gum disease, worn filling, or exposed roots).

To remedy this problem, your dentist in Marysville might recommend a toothpaste for sensitive teeth as well as avoiding hot or cold foods and beverages for a while.

Dull, Aching Pain

Ever feel as if something is stuck between your teeth? It usually comes with a dull, aching pain that does not subside until the object is removed. If you notice your gums beginning to swell a bit, there is a good chance all you need is some dental floss to remove the stuck piece of food. However, if the pain moves to your jaw, you might have a problem with bruxism, also known as teeth grinding. If this is the case, your dentist can help by providing a custom-made nightguard to wear while you sleep that keeps your teeth from coming into contact with each other and helps to relax your jaw.

Unfortunately, if the dull pain is constant, there is a possibility that you have an abscessed tooth, which means you will need to schedule an appointment with your emergency dentist in Marysville as soon as possible to receive treatment.

Erratic, Jabbing Pain

This type of pain can be caused by damage to a particular tooth (i.e. chip, crack, fracture), cavity formation, or a lost filling or crown. When a tooth becomes damaged, you will likely feel a jabbing-like pain that is erratic. Whether it is caused by an injury or a weakened tooth has become exposed, you will need to see your dentist sooner rather than later to ensure a proper restoration is affixed over your tooth.

Allowing an unprotected tooth to go untreated will result in worsening dental problems that can lead to possible tooth extraction.

Severe, Pulsating Pain

When experiencing severe, pulsating pain, there is usually only one reason: infection. Discolored gums, swelling, bleeding gums, and pain while chewing are all symptoms of infection and should be seen by your dentist as soon as possible.

These infections often occur as a result of poor oral hygiene. When bacteria develops in the mouth and causes tooth decay, it can travel to the innermost layer of the tooth known as the pulp. Made up of nerves, tissues, and blood vessels, the pulp is sensitive and will emit pain signals when infected. If left untreated, it can result in a necessary root canal.

Do not underestimate or ignore tooth pain. While it may be something small and quickly treatable, other times it might mean the difference between saving a natural tooth or replacing an extracted one because of infection. When in doubt, call your dentist to seek advice on whether the symptoms you are experiencing warrant a trip to their office.

About the Author

Dr. Michael Giovine attended Western Washington University in Bellingham before later going on to the Oregon Health and Science University where he earned his doctorate. As one of three dentists at Allen Creek Family Dentistry, he and his colleagues want you to find relief from any pain or discomfort you might be feeling as a result of a bothersome tooth. We will work to identify the problem and offer suggested treatment methods to help you achieve relief. Contact us via our website or by calling (360) 651-2900 to let us help you get rid of nagging tooth pain.


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