If you have been dealing with oral pain, it is important to know what the possible causes are. Pain can be a big motivator to go see a dentist, but some may put it off until the pain gets worse.
However, pain can indicate a serious problem that needs to be addressed before it progresses. A good rule of thumb is if you are in pain, go ahead and make a dental appointment. If you are not in pain, it is okay to wait, but don’t go too long without checking in, especially if any other symptoms are present.
A few common causes of oral pain, and what it feels like might include:
- Periodontal Abscess: This condition is accompanied with bone loss around the tooth but may or may not be painful. Pain and discomfort is not associated with the tooth itself, but rather the surrounding structures of the tooth.
- TMD or TMJ: The type of pain associated with TMJ or TMD and Myofascial Pain Dysfunction can range from simple soreness in the teeth to muscles of the face. There can be a radiating pain due to muscle spasms, jaw pain, inner ear pain, or pain in other areas of the face. There are often specific areas that are tender, but not always.
- Neuralgia(s): The type of pain associated with Neuralgia feels like a sharp, stab in the tooth or surrounding area. It can be caused by touch, chewing, drinking, brushing teeth, or wind blowing against the area. This is very difficult to diagnose.
- Temporal Arteritis: This condition is a result of inflammation of blood vessels in the head. There is often pain in the head and jaw, as well as tongue when chewing.
- Gingivitis: Just missing two days of brushing can create gingivitis, which can lead to periodontal disease if left untreated. The gums may become inflamed and there may be pain, as well as blood, when brushing.
- Periodontal Disease: Periodontal disease occurs once gingivitis spreads below the gum line and affects the bone and supporting tissue. The gum line and bone underneath the gums can ache and bleed. This disease is the number one cause of tooth loss.
We Can Help
Because there are so many possible reasons why you might be experiencing pain, it is vital that you schedule a dental appointment right away. Waiting can cause more damage, which can result in lengthy and sometimes pricey treatments. At Pace Dental, we can help stop the pain as soon as possible and identify the cause so you can get back to living your life the way it is supposed to be – pain free!