Should I Go to the Dentist for Tooth Pain?

Posted: February 2, 2021

A young man holds his hand to his mouth and winces with discomfortIf you have any tooth pain, you should make an appointment with our dentists as soon as possible. Many toothaches are caused by an underlying issue, so it’s best to get the pain checked out before it becomes worse. At The Smile Centre, we provide a suite of general dentistry services and can help address any tooth pain quickly and effectively.

Tooth pain may occur when inflammation irritates the nerve endings in the middle portion of the tooth known as the pulp. There are several common causes for this inflammation, including:

Tooth pain can also be caused by something as simple as food stuck in the gums or gum irritation. Our experienced dentists will determine the source. Additionally, tooth pain may have nothing to do with the nerves of the teeth, but could be experienced as a result of fatigued jaw joints or the gum tissue.

One of the precursors to serious tooth pain is tooth sensitivity. If biting, chewing, or drinking cold water causes you pain, it is a sign that a nerve is exposed or damaged. This is most frequently caused by physical tooth damage, tooth decay, or loose fillings. Sensitivity can also be caused by gum recession or brushing too forcefully.

Persistent toothaches, whether mild or moderate, are often caused by tooth decay. At this point, the decay is starting to affect the nerves in and around your tooth, and your gums may be inflamed. The pain worsens over time until an infection develops. It’s important to visit our dentists because the infection can worsen if left untreated.

Sudden and extremely painful toothaches are usually brought on by an infection or abscess in the root of a tooth. If left untreated, the infection can spread to your bloodstream, which can contribute to diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.

If you have sudden tooth pain or another dental emergency, call The Smile Centre right away to schedule an appointment. We will do our best to offer a same-day visit. When you arrive, we will immediately work to identify the cause of your tooth pain and help alleviate the symptoms.

You can reach our Palm Aire location at 941-351-4468 or our South Trail location at 941-366-3636. We proudly serve patients from Bradenton, Sarasota, and other nearby Florida communities.

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