Experts at Dr. Joy Dental Clinic in Dubai shine light on the 5 main cause of tooth ache
15 August 2019| Last updated on 18 September 2019
Tooth pain is one of the most common dental problems.
At one point or another, most people have experienced a splitting pain in their mouth, whether it is in form of a tooth ache, headache or sore jaws.
There are many different forms of pain, yet all of them can render a person to be uncomfortable and vulnerable. So why do we suffer from toothaches? Below are five reasons why you may be in pain
You Have Dental Decay & an Abscessed Tooth
The most common cause of pain is dental decay. This starts with a mild pain or sensitivity on drinking hot or cold substances that if left untreated the cavity gets deeper and the pain will increase as the infection spreads to the nerve of the tooth. The pain becomes more continuous, leading to a throbbing pain which gets worse at night. At this stage, this will require a root canal treatment.
If a root canal is not performed, it will result in the spread of infection around the tissues around the root of the tooth, causing a dental abscess. The bacterial build up causes pus to form, which puts pressure on the tooth and surrounding gums, causing moderate to severe pain that can sometimes radiate to your ears or neck.
If left untreated, an abscessed tooth can also turn into a serious, life threatening condition. The most important thing is to consult your dentist at least every 6 months to detect any cavities before they get worse and lead to more complicate treatments.
You Have Gum Disease
Periodontitis and Gingivitis are diseases characterized as infections of the gums that surround the teeth that eventually cause receding gums and bone loss. When the gums become detached from the teeth and form pockets that are filled with bacteria, the roots are exposed to plaque, thereby making your teeth more susceptible to decay or rendering them sensitive to heat and cold. People with sensitive teeth are recommended by dentists to use a desensitizing toothpaste that helps strengthen the enamel and relieves pain.
The earliest sign that you have gum disease is when you notice bleeding from the gums while brushing your teeth. Untreated gum disease is very serious as it can lead to loss of teeth and even affect your general health. It is important to visit your dentist or hygienist every 6 months to get your teeth cleaned and prevent gum disease.
You Have Damaged Fillings
Any type of decay under or around a filling may cause them to break, fall off or wear out. If you accidentally lose a filling and happen to eat or bite down on the exposed tooth, it will cause a stabbing pain in your mouth. The area will also become very sensitive to hot and cold temperatures until the filling is fixed by a dentist.
We understand that having a toothache can be distressing, especially when you don’t know what’s causing them. This is why we suggest to consult your dentist, who can help you analyze any issues that may arise and cause you pain. Once this is done, your dentist will explain the necessary steps forward t fix the issue and prescribe medication to alleviate the symptoms.
Your Wisdom Teeth Need Extraction
As wisdom teeth slowly start to grow in, you will feel them poking through your gums at the back of your mouth behind the molars. For some, this can be a mild experience, while others will feel considerable pain. The gum area can be red, inflamed and tender to the touch, especially if the wisdom teeth are coming in crooked, can’t fit properly in your mouth, or have led to an infection in the surrounding teeth.
Regardless of the cause, painful wisdom teeth can really impact your overall oral health and should be treated as soon as possible. Normally this can be treated by removing the gum tissue that covers the impacted wisdom teeth using a laser or in some cases the tooth will have to be extracted by an oral surgeon.
You Grind Your Teeth
Do you notice having a stiff jaw in the mornings, or have you ever noticed you clench your teeth?
Bruxism is commonly known as teeth grinding, which frequently causes jaw pain, clenching, lock jaw and even headaches. It can get so bad that it may loosen or fracturing your teeth! Approximately 80% of teeth grinding happens at night while we are at sleep, leaving it difficult to notice until the next morning. If you feel you may be clenching your teeth or grinding at night, its best to consult your dentist immediately in order to find a solution.
At Dr. Joy Dental Clinic, we offer a wide range of preventative care and extraction services. If you’re interested in starting an effective oral care maintenance program or are in need of emergency care, please contact us on 800-DRJOY (800-37569) at any time to book a consultation with one of our Doctors.