Everybody experiences some dental pain at some point. Toothaches, tooth sensitivity, gum sensitivity, even injuries to the inside of the cheeks are familiar to many.
In some cases, dental pain relief can be had with at-home remedies. But many times, dental pain is a symptom of a worse underlying issue that only your dentist can address.
Let’s look at some common issues and if/when they require a dentist’s attention.
Toothaches and tooth pain don’t generally cause for an emergency, but they might warrant a visit to the dentist.
A common cause of toothache is cavities. These aren’t a cause to worry at first, but you should visit a dentist to see for sure if you have a cavity and, if you DO have a cavity, get it treated before it can turn into serious tooth decay.
In the meantime, you can use cold compresses or over-the-counter pain relievers to ease the ache.
Tooth sensitivity is another issue that isn’t urgent until left untreated. It could indicate small decayed areas of the tooth, an exposed root from gums receding, or a loose filling if you have had fillings done.
Don’t get too worried at first, but do mention any teeth sensitivity to your dentist; as mentioned, tooth sensitivity could be tied with another oral health issue, like gum recession.
To ease sensitivity while not at the dentist, avoid hot and cold foods. Keep away from acidic foods as well.
Stop using teeth-whitening products until your sensitivity is solved, and buy toothpaste made for sensitive teeth.
The seriousness of the situation depends on the state of your gums. It could be anything from your own habits to disease-causing the swelling, bleeding, and sensitivity.
If your gums are simply sensitive and/or bleed a bit when brushed/flossed/poked, you’re not in any immediate danger. In fact, you may be causing the issue by brushing too hard or without a soft-bristle brush.
But if you brush correctly and with the right tools and your gums still give you issues, you might be experiencing gingivitis, or worsen – gum disease.
In this case, get to your dentist as soon as possible.
Teeth that are chipped, cracked, knocked loose, or knocked out from a blow or another form of head trauma require immediate dental attention. If you fail to seek dental/medical help right away, the damaged tooth can lead to an infection that can spread from the tooth to other areas of the head and neck.
Injuries, such as cuts on the cheeks, tongues, or gums need to be addressed as soon as possible by your dentist or doctor. If left untreated, these injuries are prime areas for infection to enter your body and spread throughout.
Sick of your toothaches? Fed up with your sensitive, bleeding gums? Looking for dental pain relief in Philadelphia? Absolute Smile is here to help! Schedule an appointment with us today – let’s get you back a pain-free mouth.