Just as with any part of your body, you can suffer from shooting oral pain, dull oral pain, or just a subsequent lingering of oral pain all day long. And although you may know from the pain that something just isn’t right, it’s nice to know what different types of pain likely mean. Read on to learn more about what your dental pain is telling you.
Sharp, Shooting Dental Pain
This sort of incessant dental pain is likely caused by tooth decay, a loose filling, or a cracked tooth. To help rule out which one of those is causing you the most pain, try to take a flashlight and small mirror and peer into your mouth. Look to see if you notice a loose or missing filling, or a cracked tooth. Even if you can’t see anything at all, schedule an appointment with your dentist right away.
Dull, Aching Dental Pain
This sort of dental pain can sometimes feel like your gums are throbbing throughout the day. The first thing you should decipher is where the pain is actually coming from, because sometimes sinus issues can exhibit themselves through dental pain. If you notice that your sinuses are sore as well, then you might just have a sinus infection. However, if your sinuses aren’t affected by the dental pain at all, then you likely are suffering from a condition called Bruxism— or tooth grinding. Try getting an over-the-counter mouth guard and sleeping with it at night and see if any of your pain is eliminated.
Sensitivity to Hot and Cold
This sort of pain is not only uncomfortable but it can make enjoying your favorite foods like coffee and ice cream virtually non-existent. Tooth sensitivity is usually caused by the erosion of tooth enamel and the exposure of dentin. Try using an over-the-counter toothpaste like Sensodyne in order to help eliminate the pain, if you don’t notice a difference then schedule an appointment with your dentist right away.
To learn more about what your dental pain is telling you, schedule an appointment with our office today!