There is nothing quite like tooth pain. For some, tooth pain is one of the most severe forms of pain and discomfort the human body can experience. Your mouth is different from other parts of your body, in that it has thousands of pain receptors and converts any kind of contact into instant pain that is often considered unbearable. Even though it’s “just your teeth,” there is little denying that tooth pain often feels like an emergency.
If you have tooth pain in Folsom, or you are living in nearby El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, Granite Bay, or anywhere in the Greater Sacramento metro area, call Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry today at 916-983-6051. We may also be available for emergency appointments when needed.
Causes of Tooth Pain
Your teeth and gums protect the pulp and nerves within the tooth. If any foreign items make contact with these nerves, it stimulates the pain receptors and causes discomfort. That pain may not be limited to the mouth, either. Pain behind the eye, or behind the ear, or in the head, or in the jaw or neck may also be linked to exposing these nerves.
Tooth pain can occur all at once or gradually, and is typically caused by issues that include:
- Tooth decay.
- Cracked or broken tooth.
- Dental infections.
Biting a hard object or getting hit in the mouth can damage teeth and lead to pain. But if it doesn’t appear to have a clear cause, chances are that you have a cavity or infection that has reached the tooth pulp.
How Do We Treat Tooth Pain?
Treating tooth pain depends on the underlying cause. Some of the most common options include:
- Root Canal
- Dental Fillings
Luckily, toothaches respond well to treatment, and the treatment for a toothache tends to be a simple and comfortable procedure that we can perform in our office at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry.
When is Dental Pain an Emergency?
We’ll always try to schedule you in as soon as possible if you have a toothache, because we know how painful it can be. But in some cases, your dental pain may be considered an emergency and requires treatment as fast as possible. Examples include:
- If the pain doesn’t respond to an over the counter pain medication.
- There is significant bleeding from the gum/tooth site
- Tooth has been knocked out (it is sometimes possible to save the tooth if placed back fast enough).
- There is evidence of a severe infection, including swelling or pus.
These are only a few examples. If you aren’t sure, we welcome you to call us today.
Keep Dental Emergencies Away
Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry is available to treat tooth pain in Folsom. But many types of tooth pain can be prevented as well. Make sure you come for your regular dental visits, so that we can prevent tooth decay and keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible.