You’ve got a toothache. Of course, the thought that you need to see the dentist is going to go through your head. This is an accurate assessment. The very fact that pain exists means that there could be a problem with a tooth or with your gums. Seeing that dental problems like gum disease and tooth decay are progressive and will only worsen until they are treated, it is safe to say that any type of tooth pain should be brought to your dentist. That being said, there are certain types of tooth pain that need to be evaluated right away. We want to point out what those are.
Tooth pain typically doesn’t pop up out of the blue. If it does, and the pain is disruptive to your ability to be in the present moment, you need to call your dentist. Pain may be temporarily alleviated by rinsing the mouth with warm salty water, but it could indicate that infection has sprouted inside of a tooth. Usually, we expect to see decay on the outermost area of enamel. However, it is possible for bacteria to also enter the inner part of the tooth through the roots or through a tiny fracture. If treatment does not occur quickly, the tooth may fail and extraction may be necessary.
Pain that throbs with the beat of your heart is concerning to your dentist and may need to be treated with root canal therapy. Every situation is unique, but this type of pain often indicates an infection we call abscess. A tooth abscess is a condition in which bacteria and fluid have become entrapped in a sac of tissue. This may be visible on the gums, but abscesses are often hidden beneath the surface. An abscess can create a serious problem if the bacteria-filled sac ruptures, so throbbing pain is not something to ignore (as if you could).
There is mild sensitivity that may occur when you rinse your mouth with cold water, or when you drink a hot cup of tea. Then there is a sharp sensitivity that may also relate to the temperature of foods, and may even happen when you take a deep breath. Sharp pain like this could mean two things: either a cavity (yay! Easy treatment!) or an abscess (see your dentist today if possible!).
The team at Learner & Lemongello can help you resolve tooth pain. Call (561) 627-9000 for friendly assistance.
Although majority of our patients here at our Palm Beach Gardens cosmetic dentistry practice visit our clinic to figure out ways to improve their smile, we also have patients who complain of toothache accompanied with sinus problems. On a broader perspective, one might not be able to make the connection between one’s oral health and the state of one’s sinuses. Yet looking at it closely, the state of your mouth and teeth could actually influence the state of your sinuses ( and vice-versa). Read on for more information below!
Understanding the Location and Function of Your Sinuses
Your sinuses (there are actually four of them) are situated mainly in your face; they can be found around the cheeks, nose, and above the eyes. The sinuses on each side of your nose are referred to as maxillary sinuses and are actually in close proximity to the roots of your upper teeth.
Every time you take a breath through your nose, air passes through your sinuses on their way to your lungs. Although the main purpose of your sinuses are still unclear, it is believed that they help humidify the air your breathe.
How Your Teeth Can Cause Sinus Pain
As mentioned earlier, the state of your mouth and teeth could actually influence the state of your sinuses ( and vice-versa). First things first, how does your teeth can cause sinus pain?
Your maxillary sinuses are connected to the upper roots of your teeth via the alveolar process. When the tooth roots are infected, there’s a huge chance that the infection will extend into the nearest sinuses via the alveolar process. Infection of the tooth roots is often caused by poor oral hygiene.
How Your Sinuses Can Cause Tooth Pain
Just as the roots of your upper teeth could spread infection to your maxillary sinuses, the same goes for infection in your sinuses. There are cases in which inflamed maxillary sinuses goes below and overlaps with the tooth roots that are in close proximity, resulting to tooth infection and/or formation of abscess.
If you suspect that your tooth pain may be caused by an underlying sinus problem or the other way around, we encourage you to get in touch with us as soon as you can. Contact Drs. Lerner and Lemongello for an appointment by calling 561-627-9000 or fill out this contact form. We’d love to hear from you!