Tooth pain is one of the most common reasons why people choose to visit an Edmonton dental clinic. The sharp, throbbing sensation can get in the way of your normal activities by making it difficult to concentrate or even to smile. Tooth pain is never something that you should ignore, as it rarely goes away on its own. From the Edmonton dentists of Azarko Dental Group, here are some of the top reasons why you may be experiencing tooth pain.
- Tooth decay
When people visit an Edmonton dentist with tooth pain, they are usually suffering from tooth decay. Tooth decay is caused by the acid released from plaque bacteria, which damages the tooth enamel that protects the sensitive dentin underneath. Tooth decay can create cavities through many layers of a tooth, allowing the bacteria to cause even deeper tooth damage.
- Dental abscess
If a cavity isn't filled and tooth decay progresses far enough, you may end up with a dental abscess. A dental abscess occurs when plaque bacteria enters the tooth root and builds up in the highly sensitive dental pulp. The pain caused by a dental abscess is typically severe and is often accompanied by other symptoms such as swollen lymph nodes, fever, a bad taste, and bad breath.
- Gum disease
While gum disease doesn't actually cause tooth pain, many people mistake the pain in their gums for pain in their teeth. Gum disease is caused by the same bacteria that causes tooth decay. It is characterized by red, swollen, and tender gums that may bleed when you brush or floss.
- Teeth grinding
If you often wake up with a sore jaw and maybe even an accompanying headache, then chances are that you're grinding your teeth while you sleep. Teeth grinding can wear away at the biting surfaces of your teeth, making them more susceptible to tooth decay. Thankfully, getting a mouth guard from an Edmonton dental clinic that you can wear at night will help.
- Sinus infection
It is not uncommon for a sinus infection to put pressure on the teeth and cause fairly significant tooth pain. One of the easiest ways to tell if your tooth pain is caused by a sinus infection is if the pain is dull, spread out among the teeth, and localized to the upper teeth. You'll likely also have symptoms such as a stuffy nose and a cough.
Experiencing Tooth Pain? Let an Edmonton Dentist Know
If you think that your tooth pain is caused by anything other than a sinus infection, then you shouldn't wait to see an Edmonton dentist. Tooth pain resulting from tooth decay, a dental abscess, gum disease, or teeth grinding requires professional attention and a proper treatment plan. Don't wait for your tooth pain to go away because it likely won't. Instead, take a moment to schedule an appointment at one of Azarko Dental Group's two Edmonton dental clinics to have your teeth checked out.
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