Tooth Pain: How Much is Too Much? When to See a Dentist

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Life is busy, and some amount of tooth pain may be bearable. We know it will get worse, but we often put it off to the point that we can no longer stand it. However, tooth pain is your body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong in your mouth and needs attention.

Tooth pain can present in a number of ways.

  • Dull ache or pain
  • Sharp pain, especially when biting
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks
  • Pain and sensitivity in the gums or jaw

Persistent or increasing pain can indicate a severe or worsening condition. What could have been a simply filled cavity can progress to the point of needing a root canal or extraction. This doesn’t happen overnight, but if tooth pain persists for several days or weeks, contact your dental provider for a consultation. Take note of when the pain occurs and whether it is triggered by certain types of food, such as sweets.

The following conditions are common causes of tooth pain.

  • Exposed root
  • Gum recession
  • Tooth decay
  • Pulp tissue damage
  • Tooth abscess or infection
  • Grinding teeth

These conditions range in severity but are always more easily and less painfully treated the earlier they are addressed. Your annual dental check up serves as an opportunity to catch potential sources of tooth pain before they are affecting your well being.

The friendly and caring professionals at Modern Dentistry in Brooklyn can help if you are experiencing tooth pain. We also accept workers compensation cases. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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