Saturday, September 19, 2015
Types of Tooth Pain: When to Set an Appointment with Your Dentist
Tooth pain is often the result of an infection or a trauma that triggers an adverse reaction from the nerves inside a tooth’s pulp chamber. The pain’s duration and severity will depend on the underlying cause, which may include anything from an abscess to a loose filling. Ignoring a painful tooth may not only lead to excruciating physical pain, but also to more expensive dental treatments as oral conditions deteriorate. Make an appointment with your dentist if the following symptoms present themselves: Sharp pain when you bite down on food This type of tooth pain may indicate a loose filling, decay, or a cracked tooth. A dentist can quickly replace a loose filling and remove the decayed part of the tooth, but if the tooth is cracked, your dentist will have to determine the depth of the crack, and formulate a treatment plan for it.