Tooth pain can come out of nowhere and feel like a sudden, shooting, or stabbing pain.
Like when you're biting down on something and hit something hard that you didn't expect. Or when you're enjoying a cold beverage and your teeth feel like cold fire from sudden tooth sensitivity.
Sometimes tooth pain starts as a mild throb that never goes away, even though you've done your best work at ignoring it. Except, dental pain doesn't work like that. Migraines, headaches, muscle cramps, these are multiple minor issues we frequently experience that go away on their own. When it comes to your mouth, think of it as a hub that connects every major bodily system. When something is wrong with your smile, it impacts other parts of you.
Pain is our body's way of letting us know we can't ignore a problem, and it will always get worse. While you can ignore the issue by taking pain relievers, that won't cure the source.
Common Causes of Tooth Pain
What typically causes of dental pain? Here are some instances:
- Tooth decay
- Chipped or cracked tooth
- Fractured or broken tooth
- Exposed nerve
- Abscessed tooth
- TMJ (joint disorder)
- Gum disease
- Impacted wisdom tooth
- Bruxism (from grinding and clenching your teeth)
- Damaged filling, dental crown, bridge, or denture
The sooner we can heal your tooth pain, the more money we save you (not to mention pain). Don't try to tough out dental pain; it will always win.
Are You Experiencing a Dental Emergency?
Dental emergencies can be scary, and not every Manchester, NH patient knows how to handle them. Your natural instinct may be to go to the ER, but many emergency rooms are not equipped to handle dental emergencies. ER visits will be more costly, and they likely won't be able to do more than prescribe a pain killer or antibiotic. In most states, only a dentist can practice dentistry—including root canals, tooth extractions, and other emergency procedures.
Unless you have been in a car accident or are bleeding profusely, we recommend calling Mann Family Dental to see if you should see us instead. We always encourage patients to listen to their gut. If there is severe swelling, multiple cuts to the oral cavity, or a broken jaw, you should go to the emergency room first.
Severe infections may require urgent care; please call Dr. Russell Mann immediately if you have a tooth infection. Dental infections can become serious very quickly and will need professional supervision.
Preventive Dentistry Can Save You Time and Money
While not all dental emergencies can be prevented, we can help avoid the ones that are.
Call us at Mann Family Dental in Manchester to keep your smile healthy and vibrant.