While we know that we should schedule regular visits to the dentist, many patients tend to only schedule dental visits when they have an actual toothache. After all, if it doesn’t hurt, it must be fine, right? Wrong.
Generally speaking, pain is a protective response that ranges from minor sensitivity to severe pain and informs the body that something is wrong. As for tooth pain, it is caused by a reaction of the nerves inside a tooth’s pulp chamber with the severity dependent upon the type and degree of the stimulus. So, if you feel a certain pain beginning to occur, visiting the dentist as soon as possible is necessary. Here are definitions of various dental pain:
Sensitivity. Sensitivity to hot and cold food and drink may not be a serious problem, but if it lasts longer than a few moments, it could be caused by decay, a loose filling, or an exposed tooth root due to receding gums.
Damaged teeth. Pain when biting down on food is often caused by decay or cracked teeth and may require a root canal to clean out the damaged nerve pulp within the tooth.
Pressure. A dull ache or feeling of pressure above your upper teeth may not be tooth related at all – sometimes it can be sinus congestion from a cold or flu or caused by grinding or clenching.
Constant pain. The worst pain of them all, having a constant pain along the gum line can be caused by periodontal disease and can be accompanied by swelling and bleeding gums. Periodontal disease should be treated quickly, as it often involves both teeth and gums, and the infection can spread causing significant health problems.
To learn more about dental pain, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.
Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark and all surrounding areas.