When it comes to the world of aches, one of the most serious form of pain that one would have to encounter at least once in a lifetime is toothache. There is nothing that drives pain straight to the nerves just like toothache does. However, people still wait until the pain is just too crushing to take before they start seeking professional dental help, thinking that the toothache really isn’t that serious. But below are ways that you can decode the certain form of toothache you are feeling and how they should be addressed:
Sharp pain that resolves immediately.
If the form of pain which you feel is one which you feel out of the blue and is a piercing kind of pain, which goes away as soon as it comes, then you just might have tooth sensitivity. Confirm this diagnosis when you notice the pain erupting only when you eat or drink anything too hot, too cold or too hard. Treatment for teeth sensitivity start with specially formulated toothpastes that can numb the tooth to dental filling, and more aggressive treatments like crowns and veneers.
Pain that continues to persist.
If the pain you feel continues and does not seem to falter, then you might have chronic toothache. This form of pain is indicative of nerve damage, suggesting that the tooth has become worn out enough for substances to penetrate the tooth and the nerves to become damaged. Teeth grinding, cavities and dental trauma are just some of the related diseases that list chronic pain a symptom. When there is irreversible nerve damage, the only recourse might be to completely “kill” the nerves in order to get rid of what receives stimulations and processes them as pain. This done through root canal treatment. While soft tissues might be removed, the tooth is still preserved.
If the pain you feel is classified as intense or throbbing, then it might be an abscessed tooth which is the culprit. This can be confirmed when you have a swelling in the part of your face which the pain radiates from. In this case, you would have to take a prescription of antibiotics together with the over-the-counter analgesic in order to manage the pain and the swelling. Once the swelling has subsided, it might be possible for the tooth to be extracted or for you to go through root canal treatment without any fear of infection.
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