Does your tooth ever ache? Does your mouth ever hurt? At the Centre Dentaire LaSalle we understand that oral pain is no fun. But if you’ve ever wondered why your mouth hurts, here are some explanations of the most common types of dental pain.
My tooth hurts when I eat/drink something hot or cold. Tooth sensitivity can be caused by tooth decay (dental cavity), worn tooth enamel, a cracked tooth, an exposed root, or even gum disease.
My tooth hurts when I eat or bite down. When a tooth hurts while eating, it can be a sign of tooth decay or a cracked/fractured tooth.
My tooth is throbbing. Intense, throbbing pain can indicate that your tooth is infected. If you are experiencing this pain with swelling, seek the attention of a dentist immediately. Your dentist can properly treat the infection before it spreads to other parts of your mouth or body.
My teeth are fine, but my jaw hurts. Jaw pain can be a symptom of teeth clenching or grinding at night, impacted wisdom teeth, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
Oral pain is not always crystal clear. Sometimes it can feel like a tooth is hurting in one place, but the problem is actually a couple teeth away. This type of referred pain can travel up or down the same side of the jaw.
Our dental team can help identify and treat the source of your pain. It is important to discuss any dental pain or discomfort with your dentist or hygienist. Even if it doesn’t seem like a big problem, different types of pain can be a signal of other health problems. For instance, if you have a history of angina or heart problems, pain on the left side of your mouth, jaw, or neck can be a sign of a heart attack. Women are more likely to experience this sort of signalled pain.
If you are experiencing oral pain or have any questions about it, please contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.