When you have a headache, you may try to push through your day believing that your headache will eventually go away with a good night’s rest or ibuprofen. When you twist your ankle in a pick-up game of basketball, you stay off your feet for a couple of days and know that it will be fine. However, what do you do when you have a tooth inside your mouth that is causing you discomfort? Here is what not to do: do not ignore it! Unlike a headache or sore ankle, your toothache is not likely to go away on its own. In fact, most toothaches only get worse over time. The reason for this is that a pain in your tooth is really an indication that something more is going on with your oral health. Ignoring the pain will make the underlying issue more severe.
The most common issues that cause a pain in the tooth are:
- Trapped food between the tooth and the gum line. You may feel embarrassed to visit the dentist only to learn that your pain was caused by a popcorn kernel stuck below your tooth, however, your dentist will not fault you for this. In fact, your dentist will be relieved that you came in. Any type of food particles that become trapped below the gum line will begin to rot and cause infection. It is much better to deal with a simple issue than a big one!
- A cracked tooth is a common dental issue. Often caused by chewing ice or biting down on hard candy, a cracked tooth opens up every time you apply pressure to the tooth. When the tooth opens, the roots of the tooth are exposed. These roots are incredibly sensitive, and will cause pain any time pressure is applied to the tooth.
- An infected tooth is one of the most excruciating experiences that many people will face. When an infection has reached the inner layers of a tooth, the pain will be severe, non-stop, and debilitating. This is pain that can no longer be ignored – and most of the time it could have been avoided if intervention had been given sooner. It is essential that this issue be treated immediately to stop the infection from spreading to neighboring teeth.
At Rolling Hills Dentistry, your oral health is our greatest priority. Ignoring a pain in your tooth will not make it go away – it will only cause the pain and underlying issue to grow worse. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment for tender and successful treatment.
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