Not all tooth pain is a result of decay. It is important to have a dental exam when you are in pain. Bruxism (clenching and grinding), sensitivity, or a common cold could be the source of your discomfort. An infected tooth may need root canal therapy, or in the case of wisdom tooth impaction, extraction may be necessary to relieve your discomfort.
Sensitivity in a tooth can be caused by a thinning of the enamel layer. It can also be caused by receding gums. This is experienced by some older adults as receding gums are known to be part of the aging process. Depending on the cause of the sensitivity, special toothpaste may be recommended, or a sensitive tooth may need a crown. Receding gums may be treated with measures to protect the roots of affected teeth.
Another source of perceived tooth pain can be a sinus infection. This discomfort is often felt as pain in the upper teeth on both sides of the face. Tenderness around your sinuses and nasal congestion are usually present as well. If these symptoms are experienced, you may want to see your physician.
Our dentists can determine the cause of your tooth pain. You need not suffer from tooth pain when dental treatment is readily available at Axiom Dentistry. We offer emergency treatment for those who are experiencing a severe toothache.
There are various reasons for jaw pain. Some people experience jaw pain due to arthritis; others may have impacted wisdom teeth that are causing the discomfort. Still others, in fact, nearly a third of the population, may experience jaw pain due to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD.) This can be caused by clenching the jaw and bruxism or teeth grinding during sleep.
Treatment for jaw pain depends on the root cause. Some people suffering from TMJ/TMD only have temporary pain as their bruxism is caused by situational stress. Once the situation is resolved, the stress diminishes, and so does the bruxism, and thus, the pain as well. Exercises can also help to eliminate pain in milder cases of TMJ/TMD. In some instances, a nightguard may need to be worn while sleeping to keep the upper and lower teeth from touching.
Jaw pain can be treated once the cause is determined. If you or a loved one is experiencing this discomfort, contact Axiom Dentistry today. A consultation appointment and exam will reveal the origin of your pain, so we can create a treatment plan for relief.