3 Possible Causes Of Dental Pain That Should Concern You

If you begin to experience tooth pain, or struggle with discomfort with your face and jaw, you should be concerned about your oral health. Physical discomfort is a difficult symptom to ignore. If you try to disregard it in the hopes that it will go away on its own, or because you simply do not want to deal with it, you can let a problem worsen. That can mean experiencing more pain and suffering complications that change your treatment options. At our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office, we can provide information on the cause of your discomfort, and we can arrange restorative dental work when necessary to make sure that it is properly resolved. Remember that we are also here to help you by providing routine dental exams and cleanings that keep your teeth safe from problems.

1. Chronic Jaw Pain And Stiffness From TMJ Disorder

If you frequently have pain in your jaw, struggle to bite and chew without discomfort or stiffness, or you are suffering from an increase in headaches, neck pain, or facial discomfort, TMJ disorder could be the cause. Problems with your jaw alignment and movement can lead to these issues as well as habitual teeth grinding, or bruxism, which makes you vulnerable to problems with enamel damage. When you bring this matter up with your dentist, you can receive a custom oral appliance to restore your proper bite alignment and ease your persistent aches and pains.

2. Pain Or Sensitivity Because Of A Cavity

Lingering or severe tooth pain can point to a potentially serious cavity. As decay worsens, it works through layers of your enamel until it ultimately exposes your pulp, the tooth’s inner chamber, to infection from bacteria. After this occurs, you can struggle with discomfort as well as swelling around the tooth and potential changes in tooth color. At this stage of a cavity, root canal therapy needs to take place to save your tooth. After providing this service, we can restore a tooth with a custom dental crown.

3. Discomfort After A Physical Injury

If your tooth continues to hurt after physical trauma, see your dentist. Even if the tooth does not look broken, it could have suffered internal damage, or there may an injury that is just difficult to see. Injuries can lead to infections, which means root canal treatment can be needed. If you think something might be wrong because of the pain you are in, even if the tooth looks fine, an evaluation can catch a problem before complications occur.

Talk To Dr. Browne If You Become Concerned About Dental Pain

Dr. Browne is ready to help if you are starting to worry about an issue with dental pain. If you would like to learn more, or if you wish to schedule an appointment, you can reach our Prairie Village, KS dental office today at 913-901-8585.