Toothache can disrupt your comfort in several ways, as the pain can be unbearable and affect your ability to eat, drink, speak, and even sleep. It can cause significant discomfort, leading to poor performance at school or work, mood swings, and decreased quality of life. The increased sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks that often accompanies toothache New York can also be an added discomfort. The annoying pain can be due to several factors, each requiring a unique treatment approach.
As tooth decay progresses, it can reach the softer inner layers of the tooth, called dentin and pulp, resulting in sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks and eventually leading to a toothache. If left untreated, tooth decay can result in an abscess, a painful infection at the root of the tooth that can cause severe pain and swelling. Adhering to your routine dental check-ups, practicing good oral hygiene, and eating a healthy diet can help prevent tooth decay and the resulting toothache.
An abscessed tooth occurs when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected, typically due to decay or damage. The infection can spread to the tooth’s root and surrounding tissues, causing pain and swelling. In some cases, a pocket of pus may form in the affected area, leading to additional discomfort and even fever. Abscessed teeth may also cause sensitivity to hot or cold foods, a bad taste in your mouth, and difficulty chewing or speaking. If you have an abscessed tooth, inform your provider to prevent further complications and potential tooth loss.
A tooth fracture can expose the sensitive nerves and blood vessels inside your tooth, leading to pain and discomfort. The severity of your discomfort can vary, depending on the extent and location of the fracture. A small crack or chip may only cause mild discomfort, while a larger fracture may result in severe pain and sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks. In some cases, a tooth fracture can also lead to infection, further exacerbating the pain and requiring immediate dental treatment.
Repetitive motions like chewing or clenching your teeth can cause pressure and stress on your teeth and surrounding tissues. When you continuously subject your teeth to these motions, they may become sensitive or even develop cracks or fractures, which can expose the underlying nerves and cause pain. Clenching or grinding your teeth can cause wear and tear on the enamel, leading to tooth decay or gum disease, which can also cause toothache.
A damaged filling
A damaged filling can cause toothache when the filling is no longer able to protect your tooth from external stimuli. When a filling is damaged, it can create an opening in the tooth, allowing bacteria to penetrate and cause an infection, leading to inflammation, swelling, and pain. Additionally, if you don’t replace the filling in time, it may cause your tooth to weaken or crack. A damaged filling may also cause sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks.
If you have a toothache, call the Compassionate Endodontists New York/NYC office or book an appointment online for diagnosis and treatment.