Understanding the root causes of tooth pain
If one of your teeth gives you discomfort every time you drink a hot beverage or eat an ice-cream or go for walk in cold weather, there is a high probability that you may require endodontic microsurgery, such as a root canal. If you’re tossing up whether or not to book an appointment with your dentist or endodontist, simply continue reading to learn more about some of the common causes of tooth pain.
Examples of conditions that lead to tooth pain:
One of the most common causes of tooth pain is the rotting of a decaying tooth. As when a tooth starts to decay, it’s roots often become infected which is problematic as your roots are highly sensitive. In fact, if you have been experiencing migraines in addition to a sore or sensitive tooth, there is a high probability that you have an infected tooth and roots. If this is the case, there is a chance that you may have to undergo a routine root canal. If the pain that you’re experiencing is mild, you may be fortunate and may only require a filling. A simple procedure, which can be completed in less than twenty minutes.
If your dentist or endodontist confirms that you have a decaying tooth and suggests that you undergo a root canal, there’s no reason to panic as root canals aren’t nearly as painful as they’re known to be. Especially as your dentist will numb the gums surrounding your infected tooth with a local anesthetic, so all you’re likely to feel is a little bit of pressure as your dentist drills into your infected tooth and removes any infected tissue that may be present. If you’re worried about the idea of a hole being drilled through your infected tooth to your tooth’s roots, there is no need to be alarmed as the hole will be microscopic.
Pain relief options:
If you’re looking for ways to alleviate any discomfort you may be experiencing in the short term, you may find that gargling a cap full of a mouthwash, such as Listerine will address your pain in the short term. Alternatively, you may want to try taking an over the counter drug such as aspirin, with water every few hours in order to alleviate the symptoms of pain which you’re experiencing. Alternatively, you want to consult your local pharmacist about purchasing a topical treatment such as a gel, which can be rubbed onto your gums, in order to decrease the intensity of the pain, which you’re experiencing. However, regardless of whether any of the pain relief options listed above work or not, it’s still essential that you see a dentist.
So if you’ve been experiencing tooth aches and have been putting off calling your local dentist’s office to book an appointment, you may want to book an appointment after reading this article as in most cases, the longer you ignore a tooth ache, the worse it will get. Worse yet, the longer you ignore a tooth ache, the more likely it is that your surrounding teeth may be affected.