Here are some guidelines on tooth pain – what to do.

men holding his jaw because of a tooth ache

Pain tells you something is wrong. It might be a minor wrong or it might be a major wrong, but you should still pay attention. Tooth pain is usually caused by nerves inside the tooth. The level of pain depends on the level of stimulus to the nerves.

In this article about tooth pain, let’s look at some of the common reasons you might be experiencing pain.

#1. Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and liquids.

A very common issue is sensitivity to hot and cold foods and liquids. This can be caused by several things, including small decay in a tooth, or a loose filling or even because you brush too hard! Often this pain is temporary and will be gone soon.

Make sure you keep the area very clean, maybe a toothpaste for sensitive teeth, and try using a softer toothbrush (and go easy on the gums!) If the pain persists- of course call us and let’s check it out!
#2 Sensitivity to hot and cold after a dentist visit.

Sometimes dental works can cause inflammation of the gum as well as inside the teeth, in the area of pulp tissues. Again, this should be temporary and should recede in several days. With a more difficult procedure, it might take longer. You can use your favorite (or dentist recommended) mild pain reliever to help. If it persists – call us!

#3. When biting you experience sharp pain.

Pain from biting is usually associated directly with one specific area and might be anything from a loose filling to a cracked tooth to decay in the tooth. On this type of pain it is best to go ahead and make that appointment. Often what could be a minor issue can worsen quickly if ignored.

#4. Pain stays after eating hot or cold foods.

If the pain hangs around, normally this points to damaged pulp in the tooth which needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Abscesses, decay and other issues can turn into severe pain if not taken care of early.
These four things are common ailments of the mouth and can cause tooth pain. Hopefully this will help you understand more about what might be going on and what to do about it.

Please call (505) 293-7611 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Abeyta.