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Children commonly have tooth pain, which often results in the need for a cavity filling. But adults aren’t immune from extreme tooth pain, and the causes come from many sources, not just cavities. Whenever you suffer any kind of tooth pain, visit your family dentist at Stamford Dental Arts. The dentists at this full-service practice offer all the latest techniques, including painless sedation dentistry, to eliminate your pain and keep it from returning. Make your appointment today.

While often preventable, tooth pain can affect all teeth, even baby teeth. You may feel it as sharp, dull, severe or mild. Symptoms of tooth pain vary, depending on the cause, but commonly it occurs when:

  • Pain erupts while eating something hot or cold, due to sensitivity
  • You bite down and feel sharp, severe front tooth pain
  • Constant throbbing tooth pain is accompanied by localized swelling of your gums
  • A tooth and nearby gums become sensitive to touch
  • Tooth pain comes with jaw pain that can reach your ears and eyes

If it’s bad enough, you may have to find an emergency dental care center close to Stamford, Connecticut, for immediate tooth pain relief. But the dentists at Stamford Dental Arts have long open hours to offer treatments. This family dentistry practice has the most modern equipment and an experienced team to accurately diagnose the cause of your tooth pain and resolve it completely.

Reasons for Your Tooth Pain

You may think your tooth pain came on suddenly; however, there’s usually an underlying dental problem that has gone undiagnosed. Tooth nerve pain may be due to pulpitis or periodontal disease. It’s also possible that the sudden tooth pain you feel may actually be wisdom tooth pain from not having enough room in your mouth for the wisdom teeth to emerge — often due to a crowded mouth or misaligned teeth.

There are many reasons why you’re experiencing tooth pain, tooth sensitivity or extreme tooth pain. But the level of pain and its location in your mouth provide clues to its actual cause. Common tooth pain causes include:

  • Tooth decay that causes plaque and dental caries
  • A tooth infection, sometimes due to an abscessed tooth, that causes your gums around the tooth to swell up and even bleed
  • Misaligned teeth, which makes chewing food strenuous, as the lower and upper teeth don’t connect
  • Trauma, a direct hit to the teeth when you fall, get in a car accident or suffer a sports-related injury
  • Tooth fractures, which happen when your teeth crack, chip or break because of a hit, causing extreme tooth pain. Sometimes, you don’t think anything’s wrong because fractures often go unnoticed. Continuous wear on the tooth can lead to severe tooth nerve pain.
  • Sensitivity, the wearing down of the enamel, which exposes the dentin or second layer of your tooth. Increased sensitivity causes a sharp, electrifying tooth pain, especially after drinking or eating something cold or hot.
  • Teeth grinding, a problem for some, especially in sleep apnea sufferers who have a habit of grinding or clenching their jaw. Teeth grinding causes stress-related jaw pain, as well as cracks in the teeth.

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Tooth Pain Relief Treatment

Always check in with your dentist first for an accurate diagnosis about the cause of your tooth pain. To combat mild tooth pain, you may need only over-the-counter medicines and good oral hygiene. For more severe pain, you may need a deep teeth cleaning to remove plaque and tartar under your gum line. If your Stamford dentist finds an abscess, you may need a round of oral antibiotics in addition to the cleaning.

You may need a cavity filling or gum disease treatment to relieve your tooth nerve pain. For severe cases, you may need a root canal procedure to remove the nerve in the tooth. As a last resort, the tooth may need to be pulled, although Stamford dentists do everything in their power to save your teeth.

Misaligned teeth cause uneven wear, which can lead to pain. If your teeth don’t fit together well, a long-term solution may be Invisalign teeth straightening. For teeth grinders, a mouth guard can stop further damage to your teeth.

Continued Tooth Pain Treatment

Your recovery depends on the procedure you needed to resolve your tooth pain. Some people feel temporary tooth pain after a filling or just tooth sensitivity after a filling. These symptoms usually subside within a week or two. If your pain continues, contact your dentist at Stamford Dental Arts. You may need a crown to protect the sensitive tooth.

Wisdom tooth pain may require surgery to remove impacted wisdom teeth. Your overall health also plays a role in the treatment you receive. Your dentist always picks the most appropriate treatment for your condition. Don’t wait for your tooth pain to get worse. Start your tooth pain treatment today.

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Dr. Modiri took his time with me unlike other dentists to discuss my issues. He was very thorough and presented me with multiple pain management options. Very refreshing.

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