What Causes a Toothache and Pain?

What Causes a Toothache and Pain?

Pain is a warning something is amiss with your body. Often patients dismiss pain inside the mouth, thinking it will go away when it will only get worse. Something as small as a little infection or fracture in the tooth can be the source of a lot of pain and discomfort. Maybe you are wondering about the source of the pain you are experiencing and how to alleviate the pain. If this is the case, the best suggestion is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Thuernagle. With a proper oral examination, our Idaho Falls dentist will be able to find the source of pain and resolve it quickly. Listed below are a number of potential causes for pain in the mouth.

Potential Causes of Tooth Pain

  • Tooth Decay, Cavity
  • Infection of Pulp
  • Tooth Fracture
  • Infected Gums
  • Loss of Filling
  • Tooth Abscess
  • Tooth Sensitivity
  • And More…

There are a number of reasons you may be experiencing mild to severe tooth pain. One of the most common reasons for tooth pain, however, is tooth decay. Bacteria and acids cause tooth decay, which can lead to cavities and a number of infections. Tooth decay can cause large pits, or holes, in your teeth to form and be the prime grounds of infection. When the tooth decay reaches the pulp, or inner part of the tooth, more issues can form such as a tooth abscess. A tooth abscess is when the infection in the pulp chamber, the inner chamber of the tooth, spreads to the tip of the root on the tooth. The tooth abscess is full of pus, which is formed by multiplying of bacteria, white blood cells and damaged tissues. Other possible sources of pain could include a tooth fracture, a damaged filling, or infected gums. No matter the cause, if you feel any discomfort or pain in your mouth, our Idaho Falls dentist can work to resolve any of these problems before they become worse.

When to See a Dentist

It is recommended by dentists everywhere to schedule an appointment every six months. Frequent appointments can catch early issues and help to prevent plaque, bacteria and infections from causing more serious issues in your mouth. Other times you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Thuernagle, include the following below:

  • Sharp, Shooting Pain
  • Dull Pain
  • Tooth Sensitivity
  • Swelling in Jaw Joints, Face or Cheeks

Idaho Falls Dentistry Routines

While the varying degrees of pain may be different for each person, Legacy Dental is here to alleviate any pain or discomfort, and restore your mouth’s health. Schedule an appointment to see our Idaho Falls dentist as soon as you begin to have consistent pain for more than a day or two. When you come in to our office you can expect Dr. Thuernagle to review your medical history, ask questions about your symptoms and with a thorough exam. X-rays may be needed to help diagnose the source of the problem. Our Idaho Dentist will likely take a few x-rays to look a little more closely at potential problems.

Possible Treatments Needed

  • Cavity Filling
  • Tooth Extraction
  • Root Canal
  • Antibiotics
  • And More…

Prevention of Toothaches & Infection

The best way to prevent unwanted tooth pain and toothaches are to be conscious about your dental hygiene. Maybe you brush your teeth daily, floss, and do other necessary dental hygiene habits, but there is always room for improvement. Avoid sugary foods which can be bad for your teeth, including candies or sugary drinks like soda or sports drinks. Ask Dr. Thuernagle about fluoride and possible sealants for your teeth to prevent cavities and bacteria from slipping into the grooves of your teeth.

If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort in your mouth, our Idaho Falls dentist can act quickly to restore your comfort and oral health. Give Legacy Dental a call today at 208-346-8122.