Though it is common to feel a toothache, the pain may not be originating from the source you think. Regardless, you should seek help immediately upon feeling a toothache to ensure that more damage and pain do not occur. Your Scottsdale Dentist is always understanding of a toothache and will help diagnose the cause of pain, as well as treat it in the best way possible.
If you experience a quick, shocking and stabbing pain with hot and cold foods or drinks, you most likely are experiencing sensitive teeth. Read our blog about sensitive teeth here: https://www.serenitysmiles.com/blog/sensitive-teeth-treatment-for-sensitivity/.
If the pain lasts only a moment or a few seconds, you may have a small amount of decay in a tooth, a loose or leaky filling, or an exposed root. An exposed root can commonly occur because of aggressive brushing or periodontal (gum) disease. In both cases, the gums may have shrunk back or receded to expose the root surface, causing an achy, tender feeling.
If you experience a sharp pain when biting down, this may be a sign of decay or a loose or leaky filling. This type of pain could also indicate a fracture or crack present on a tooth. In any of these situations, you will need to undergo a dental procedure to fix the problem and relieve the pain.
You may also experience a lingering tooth pain that could feel dull or sharp. It may be localized to one tooth or feel as though it is radiating from a larger, general area, such as the “lower left jaw.” In this scenario, there are several possible reasons for the symptoms, but two prominent ones are an abscess or deep decay within the pulp. A root canal treatment for the affected tooth is a probable solution. In this procedure, we drill an access hole into the pulp and clear it of infected and dead tissue. You will not be able to feel anything from this tooth as we will have removed its infected nerve. Then, the clean and empty pulp chamber and root canals are filled with a special filling and sealed. Later, we bond a permanent fabricated crown to the tooth to further protect it and restore its function.
Whether your pain is momentary or lingering, dull or sharp, you should see us as soon as possible to determine its cause. Even if the pain goes away or is on and off, you may have a dental problem that needs to be treated or a lingering infection. The sooner you treat the problem – big or small – the better your chances of a happy and less costly future!
If you would like more information on tooth pain and what to do about it, please contact your Scottsdale Dentist for an appointment. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Pain? Don’t Wait!”