Toothache or Dental Pain
Toothache or dental pain is usually caused by problems with the teeth or jaws.
The degree of tooth pain can range from mildly annoying to excruciatingly painful.
The treatments for tooth pain may be as simple as improving your oral health care routine, or as complicated as oral surgery.
Causes of Toothache
If you have aching teeth, it may be due to a dental problem such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, bruxism, TMJ disorder, or a non-dental problem, such as a sinus infection or even stress.
Some types of dental pain occur if you are using dental care products like peroxide-based whitening agents that penetrate your teeth, causing teeth sensitivity.
If you have toothache with no signs of tooth decay or periodontal disease, you may have bruxism. Bruxism is a common cause of toothache.
If you experience toothache and other symptoms of bruxism, see your Cardiff dentist as soon as possible.
If left untreated, persistent tooth grinding can damage crowns and fillings, and wear away the enamel, putting your teeth at risk for infection.
Causes of bruxism that lead to toothache include misaligned teeth and jaw and stress.
If bruxism is due to misaligned teeth, correcting your bite with orthodontic treatment could help solve the problem.
But if bruxism is due to stress, stress management techniques may be needed to help relieve your toothache.
Your Cardiff dentist may recommend a mouthguard or a splint to wear at night to help prevent toothache associated with bruxism.
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
If you’re anxious to the point of grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw, you can develop dental pain associated with the temporomandibular joint.
The TMJ is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull, allowing you to eat and talk.
Grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw put additional pressure on the muscles of the jaw, which can cause dental pain.
If your dental pain is caused by TMJ disorder, your dentist may recommend a TMJ dental splint to reposition the lower jaw.
But in less severe cases, warm compresses applied to the jaw, eating soft foods, and taking measures to reduce stress can help.
A cracked or broken tooth could cause your toothache. If this is the cause of your pain, see your Cardiff dentist as soon as possible. A broken tooth can cause tooth decay.
Tooth decay is one of the most common causes of dental pain.
Tooth decay occurs when acids released by plaque bacteria penetrate the tooth enamel, causing mineral loss, which, if it progresses, can ultimately cause pain in the tooth’s inner layer, the pulp.
Tooth Pain Relief and Home Remedies
After any type of treatment for dental pain, make sure to follow your dentist’s recommendations for oral care products and a regular and proper oral care routine, and schedule regular dental visits to maintain a clean and healthy mouth.
Even for mild pain, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist for advice. Regular dental check-ups can prevent minor dental pain issues from becoming severe.
To manage minor dental pain at home, your dentist may also recommend oral care products for sensitive teeth.
Dental Pain Management in Cardiff
Your doctors at Cardiff Dental can help keep any dental issue under control.
We will educate you about the proper management of your toothache, oral hygiene, and schedule regular dental visits to monitor your condition.
If you have any questions about dental emergencies, we will be happy to answer them and recommend the best solution to your problem.
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