If you are experiencing severe or sudden dental pain or discomfort, please know that we welcome existing and new patients on an emergency basis. Help and an empathetic voice are just a phone call away, even after normal business hours. We are here for our patients when they need to reach us.
Some common sources of chronic and acute pain:
Discomfort with Temperatures
Receding gums are the most common cause of cold-sensitivity in teeth. The receding gums can expose tooth roots, which are covered with small pores (tubules) leading to the tooth nerve. When these pores come in contact with cold water or air, the result is usually painful. These pores can be less temperature-sensitive if sensitivity toothpaste is used.
Tooth Decay (Cavities)
When cavities become painful, they are most likely growing deep into the tooth and may be infecting the nerve space. If this condition persists, the treatment may be more than just a new filling.
Discomfort from cracked teeth comes in many forms. Pain when biting down is the most common one. Increased sensitivity to temperature is also a common symptom. If a crack runs deep enough, it can directly inflame and infect the nerve space of a tooth. This type of crack may require a crown to restore the surface of the tooth, and root-canal therapy to treat the injured tooth’s nerve tissue.
TMJ/Jaw Joint Pain
There are many types of discomfort associated with TMJ/TMD. Painful mandibular (jaw) joints, muscle soreness, headaches, and limited ability to open the jaws are at the top of the list of symptoms. Causes can include nighttime clenching and grinding, past trauma to the jaw, and irregular bite patterns. Each patient has unique factors that can lead to this issue.
Wisdom teeth can cause pain when they are not able to fully erupt, typically due to lack of space. These teeth are often difficult to clean when in a partially erupted state, which can lead to inflamed gum tissues and cavities in these teeth. Most often, the only solution is to remove the wisdom teeth.
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