What is dental pain?
Dental pain is any pain felt within the oral structures of your mouth, such as the tooth or gums. From getting something stuck between your teeth to losing a tooth or developing a cavity, tooth pain can occur for a variety of reasons. Whether your tooth pain is mild or severe, any tooth pain left untreated can quickly become a dental emergency with risks of more serious complications such as infection, which can lead to life-threatening outcomes. While you can visit a hospital emergency room for dental pain, it is likely that they will redirect you to a dental expert who can properly assess, diagnose, and treat the cause of your dental pain. If you are experiencing any degree of tooth pain, an appointment with Cedar Mountain Dental can help allow our experienced staff to provide you with expert diagnosis and care, helping to prevent future complications and keep your smile healthy.
What causes dental pain?
From direct trauma to gradual damage, dental pain can occur for a variety of reasons, including:
- Gum disease
- Dental decay
- Dental infection
- Broken tooth
- Knocked-out tooth
- Partially dislodged tooth
- Something gets caught in between teeth
- Abscess tooth
- Injury to soft tissue of the mouth or other structures
What are the symptoms of dental pain?
Symptoms of dental pain can be experienced in various areas dental structures, including the tooth itself, the gums, and other areas of the jaw and surrounding areas. Depending on the cause and severity, the degree of dental pain experienced will vary from patient to patient. Symptoms of dental pain may include:
- Pain with chewing, talking, or other activities involving the mouth
- Sensitivity to hot and cold beverages or foods
- Throbbing pain of the tooth or relating oral structures
- Bleeding or other discharge near the tooth or gums
- Red, irritated gums
- Inflammation around the tooth and surrounding oral structures
Swelling may be a symptom of infection, which may lead to life-threatening complications. If you are experiencing swelling of the gums, face, or other oral structures, our Cedar Mountain Dental staff can work to treat the infection and affected tooth or teeth to help prevent further complications and salvage the integrity of remaining oral structures.
How is the cause of dental pain diagnosed?
If you are experiencing dental pain, a dental expert can help determine the cause. To help diagnose your dental pain, your dentist will begin by asking you to describe your symptoms and when they started. Your dentist may ask additional questions, such as how long the pain lasts and what triggers your pain. Once your dentist and you have discussed your symptoms, your dentist can begin further assessment through an oral exam, as well as dental X-rays. If your dentist determines the pain is dental-related, they can begin to recommend which treatment options may be best for you.
Can dental pain lead to complications if left untreated?
Left untreated, dental pain can lead to severe complications including tooth loss, nerve damage, infection, or other outcomes.
How is dental pain treated?
Depending on the cause of your tooth pain and severity of accompanying symptoms, treatment may vary. If you are experiencing tooth pain along with an infection, your dentist will aim to first alleviate the pain and eliminate the infection with antibiotics. If you are unable to reach a dentist, a salt water solution can be used to help control infection and a cold compress can help reduce pain until you are able to seek appropriate care. In general, treatment options for dental pain may include:
To prevent future tooth pain or other dental concerns, your doctor may recommend regular dental check-ups and professional teeth cleaning, along with brushing and flossing your teeth regularly.
If you are experiencing dental pain, a consultation with one of our dental experts may be the first step toward a brighter, happier, healthier smile. At Cedar Mountain Dental, our staff utilizes the latest state-of-the-art technology to prevent, diagnose, and treat dental conditions. With over 30 years of dental expertise, our knowledgeable and caring dental staff is committed to delivering high-quality patient care and creating meaningful patient relationships that last. To come in for a dental emergency call (860) 667-2600 or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment.