ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DENTAL PAIN
Pain in general may be defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of that damage.
As for tooth pain, it is caused by a reaction of nerves inside a tooth’s chamber, the severity of which depends upon the type and degree of stimulus.
Regardless of the cause, if you are going through the discomfort of a dental pain or finding it tough to go through the day, it’s time you seek an advice from a dentist.
In the mean time, update yourself with a little information on common symptoms, possible causes and a few remedies and steps you can take to ease out that discomfort in the oral cavity.
Possible causes – While there may be numerous symptoms, there is a related cause with each one of them. The probable causes and related symptoms may be –
1. A small area of tooth decay (visible usually as a black spot or discoloration)
2. Dislodged filling
3. Root exposure due to abrasion or gum recession.
4. Cracked tooth
5. Gross decay and loss of tooth structure.
6. Swollen gums around a tooth or a particular area.this may also lead to difficulty in mouth opening and swallowing at times.
POSSIBLE SYMPTOMS –
1. Signalling a minor problem, the pain may be transient or momentarily. At times, you could feel sensitivity to begin with.
2. In case of sharp pain, mostly that occurs while chewing, check for decay in any tooth or food lodgement occurring in that area.
3. If the pain lingers on after eating and makes you toss and turn and unable to sleep at night, that might be signalling towards a bacterial infection resulting from tooth decay. Before it turns into an abscess, make sure to get it treated!
4. At times sinus related pathologies may result in a dull aching pain in upper back teeth and vice-versa.
5. A constant throbbing pain might be a sign of acute infection too. Check for any intra-oral swelling in proximity of the tooth.
DO’S AND DONT’S –
1. Any of the symptoms above might be indicative of Dental or oral Pathology, so seek immediate dental advice before it progresses.
2. Do not co-relate your problems with a similar Condition in another individual. The cause and symptoms may appear to be similar at times, which actually varies from person to person.
3. Do not gulp down any medication without prior consultation from a dentist. The medicines are prescribed keeping in mind the medical history and other essential conditions of the patient. An unknown drug an also cause unpredictable reactions or allergies at times.
4. Last but not the least, maintain a good oral hygiene and visit a dentist at least every 6 months for a regular check-up.
HOME REMEDIES –
Till you make it to the dentist’s clinic, a few home remedies can be tried for soothing the ache.
1. Clove being the anti bacterial, anti-oxidant and anesthetic can make the pain vanish to a great extent. Keeping a cotton ball soaked in clove oil or chewing a whole clove between teeth also helps.
2. Various medicated gels (e.g Colgate pain out gel) are available in the market these days for the immediate relief too.
3. In case of visible abscess /intra-oral or extra oral swelling, totally avoid hot fermentation of that area. The heat can further exaggerate the size of swelling.
These ways however may prove good only for a short period of time but will not eliminate the need of medical attention.
Remember, prevention is always better than cure as they say!
Disclaimer – The information given in the article must not be used a proxy to medical advice. To get treated, seeking the help of a specialist is absolutely necessary.
The article is written by a medical practitioner based in Delhi .