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Dental pain is no small thing. In fact, tooth pain can ruin your day or put you in a bad mood. Sharp pain can make it difficult to concentrate at school or work, and extreme sensitivity can ruin mealtimes. What causes these frustrating tooth pains? Let’s take a closer look at the top five reasons for dental pain & toothaches and see when it’s time to visit your dentist!

How Can Dental Pain and Toothaches Be Prevented?

Tooth decay causes most toothaches, so following a good oral hygiene routine can prevent most toothaches.

Good oral hygiene practices consist of:

  • brushing teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste
  • flossing daily
  • rinsing once or twice each day with an antiseptic mouthwash
  • seeing your dentist twice a year for professional cleaning and exam

Gently brushing your teeth with a soft bristle brush and fluoride toothpaste will remove the plaque and bacteria are toothache causes to begin with. In addition to these practices, ask your dentist about fluoride treatments and sealant applications and make healthy food, snack and beverage choices that are low in sugar.

Learn from WebMD: Why Do My Teeth Hurt?
Related Article: Causes of Tooth Pain

Top 5 Reasons for Dental Pain

1. Decay

Plaque and bacteria in the mouth do more than just bother your gums, they also begin to dissolve your enamel on your teeth. When your enamel gets broken down, your teeth aren’t as strong anymore and are more susceptible to weak spots and pain. When bacteria concentrate in an area, you can experience a cavity or holes in the teeth. When this happens, your teeth may feel sore and sensitive.

2. A Dental Abscess

Also caused from an excess of bacteria, an abscess forms when bacteria builds up inside your tooth’s pulp. This causes an infection and leads to swelling and soreness, or a toothache. Pus can also develop around the tooth, so it’s important to visit your dentist right away if you see these symptoms. An x-ray can confirm the diagnosis and often antibiotics are used to fight the infection.

3. Sensitivity

Has a certain tooth developed sensitivity to cold and/or hot temperatures? Tooth sensitivity can happen for a myriad of reasons and is often the indicator of an underlying symptom, so it’s important to let your dentist know if you’re experiencing extreme sensitivity. There are many treatments that can help, such as using a sensitive toothpaste and fluoride. Learn more: Do You have Sensitive Teeth? Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments.

4. Chipped Tooth

Although enamel is extremely tough and durable, sometimes we experience a chipped or broken tooth whether it be from an injury or whatnot. Try to not chew on ice, pens, open packages with your teeth, and so on to prevent any breakage. A crack in the tooth can cause extreme sensitivity and pain. Sometimes, a crack may not be clearly visible to you and may be in the back area of the tooth. If you think you may have a crack, visit your dentist right away. Treatment options often include crowns and root canals, depending on severity. Learn more: My Tooth Hurts! Do You Have a Broken or Cracked Tooth?

5. Gum Disease

Gum disease is as worrisome as it sounds, and affects many adults every year. Gum disease, or periodontitis, is when bacteria eats away at your gums. This is most often caused from bad dental hygiene and excess bacteria in the mouth. Gum disease can make your gums feel tender, or sometimes bleed, and cause tooth pain. The earlier you catch gum disease and begin treatment and better dental care, the better. If you notice a toothache and swollen or red gums, come in and see your dentist quickly for an examination. Learn more: Gum Disease: How can I prevent it? How does it affect my body?

Signs that You Need to Schedule an Emergency Dental Appointment

Our goal is to fix any dental emergency as soon as possible and get you back on your feet and out of pain. Accidents can happen, and quick action and knowledge of dental emergencies can easily save a tooth! Make sure to give us a call at Adams Dental as soon as you experience the signs of a dental emergency.

Learn more from this Dental Emergency FAQ.

These are clear signs of dental emergencies, due to injury:

  • Knocked out or loose tooth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bitten tongue or lip
  • Cracked tooth

While these signs are often correlated to a dental emergency, there are other signs and symptoms to also be aware of that aren’t as sudden or apparent. Symptoms such as prolonged pain, or a swollen jaw are major indicators that something isn’t right, even if they do seem more subtle.

  • Constant headaches
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Prolonged toothache
  • Metal taste in the mouth
  • Canker sore that will not heal
  • Numb tooth
  • Jaw pain or swelling
  • Sore gums

What Happens When I Go to the Dentist for Dental Pain and Toothaches?

First, your dentist will conduct a dental exam. He or she will ask you questions about the pain, such as:

  • when the pain started
  • where the pain is located
  • how severe it is
  • what makes the pain worse and what makes it better
  • does the pain wake you up in the middle of the night

Your dentist will examine:

  • your mouth, teeth and gums
  • jaws, tongue and throat
  • sinuses, ears, nose, and neck

X-rays may be taken as well as other tests, depending on what your dentist suspects is causing your toothache.

What Treatments Are Available for a Toothache?

Treatment for a toothache depends on the cause or source of pain. If a cavity is causing the toothache, your dentist will remove the decay, fill the cavity or possibly extract the tooth, but only if there is no way to save the tooth.

A root canal may be necessary if the cause of the toothache is from an infection of the tooth’s nerve. Bacteria that have worked their way into the inner areas of the tooth cause that type of infection. An antibiotic may be prescribed if there is fever or swelling in the jaw to get rid of the infection.

Making a Difference One Dental Exam at a Time

Regular dental exams and cleaning is wonderful preventative care to keep you from experiencing dental pain and toothaches. Although you may be brushing and flossing really well at home, tartar and plaque is impossible to remove with regular brushing and flossing, and can build-up over time. Dentists are able to use specific tools to remove that plaque and tartar, keeping our mouth cleaner and our chances of other complications much lower.

We are excited to let you know that we are now offering our very own affordable dental membership plan that covers all your preventative care and gives you discounts on other procedures. It is a simple and budget-friendly dental plan offered directly from our practice — so you can access the care you want and deserve, for less. Learn more: Get Affordable Dental Care with our Affordable Membership Plan

Local dentist, Travis A. Roberts and his experienced, friendly team at Adams Dental Group offer affordable family dentistry and gentle dental care in the Kansas City, KS area. We have two locations that are conveniently located and offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At Adams Dental Group, we provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to specialty procedures, including dental implants, dentures, endodontic or root canal treatment, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at our West location (913) 296-8030 or our East location (913) 621-3113 to schedule an appointment.

September 28th, 2021

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How Can You Tell if Your Tooth is Cracked?

It can be hard for you to tell if a tooth is cracked. If you have pain, you may not be able to tell which tooth hurts or even whether the pain comes from the top or bottom of your mouth. Cracks may be invisible to the eye and m ay not even show on an x-ray. And sometimes you won’t have any pain or sensitivity at all; your dentist will discover it during your exam.

If you are having symptoms you can help your dentist find the cracked tooth by sharing some information:

  • things that cause you tooth pain; such as: heat, cold, or foods that are sweet, sour, or sticky
  • the area where you feel pain

Related Article: Do You Have Sensitive Teeth? Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

Why Does a Tooth Crack?

A tooth may crack for many reasons, such as:

  • grinding or clenching your teeth
  • chewing on hard objects or food such as ice, nuts, hard candy or pencils
  • an accident that includes being hit hear or on the mouth
  • uneven chewing pressure, which can happen if a nearby tooth is lost/missing
  • wear and tear causing loss of tooth structure, like on the hard, outer layer called enamel
  • large fillings or other restorations causing loss of tooth structure
  • exposure of tooth enamel to extreme hot and cold temperatures

Related Article: Stress Affects Oral Health: Are You Clenching or Grinding While You Sleep?

Why Does Your Cracked Tooth Hurt?

Pulp is the soft tissue inside the center of your tooth and contains nerves and blood vessels. If the crack reaches the pulp, your tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold. Sometimes, a crack in the enamel of your tooth goes all the way down to the nerve pulp. This type of cracked tooth may hurt when you bite down or when you stop biting. The crack may be too small to see , but is large enough for the pulp inside your tooth to become irritated.

When your tooth is cracked the pulp sometimes becomes infected. If this happens, treatment to remove the pulp, also known as a root canal, may be needed to save your tooth.

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Toothache Causes: Why Do I have Tooth Pain and How Can I Get Relief?

The Number 1 Reason People Visit the Dentist: Tooth Pain! 

What symptoms will I be experiencing, if I need a root canal treatment?

Sometimes, a person may be disregarding the symptoms for quite a while. After all, it takes some time for this type of infection to take root. That’s why it’s important to schedule regular dental exam appointments.

In other cases, a person may show no symptoms.

These symptoms indicate a root canal may be needed:

  • Severe toothache pain from chewing or putting pressure on the area
  • Your tooth hurts longer than it should after exposure to hot or cold temperatures
  • Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
  • Drainage, tenderness and swelling surrounding the tooth, in the nearby bone, gum tissues or lymph nodes
  • A “rotten” taste in your mouth
  • Your tooth may start to hurt in the middle of the night; you wake up with severe tooth pain
  • Dental abscess
    • An abscess is a small, pimple-like bump on the gums near the area of tooth pain
    • Bleeding or swelling around the tooth may occur if you have an abscess
    • Sometimes it causes significant swelling of the jaw, cheek, or throat
    • If this swelling is noticed, treatment needs are urgent, and you need to contact Adams Dental Group for a dental emergency appointment

IMPORTANT: if you’re experiencing tooth pain, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Roberts immediately!!

If you’d like to learn more check out our article: Everything You Want to Know about Root Canal Treatment

How is Your Cracked Tooth Treated?

Treatment depends on the size, location, and direction of the crack, as well as your symptoms. It is possible that your dentist will recommend no treatment at all, since tiny cracks are common and usually do not cause problems. You and your dentist can talk about the types of treatments for your tooth and decide on the treatment that is right for you.

Types of Treatment Include:

  • no treatment right away
  • repairing your tooth with a filling material
  • placing a crown on your tooth to protect it from even more damage
  • root canal if the nerves of the tooth are infected
  • removing your tooth if it is severely cracked and cannot be repaired

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When Tooth Decay Becomes Severe

When tooth decay becomes severe, a root canal is often the first treatment option. However, if the infection persists after a root canal, extraction would be the next stage. This will stop the spread of infection. Risk of infection is another reason for tooth extraction. If your immune system is compromised, risk of infection may lead to extraction of a tooth.

More about tooth extraction from WebMD HERE.

How Tooth Extraction Works

There are two types of tooth extractions – surgical and nonsurgical.

  1. Surgical tooth extraction is the most common surgical procedure in the USA.
  2. However, sometimes the tooth may be seen above the gum line and your dentist can remove it without surgery. This is a simple extraction.

However, often, gum tissue and bone may need to be removed to extract a tooth – this is surgical extraction. By taking an X-Ray and examining your tooth, your dentist or oral surgeon can determine whether simple or surgical extraction is needed. Before a surgical tooth extraction, you will be given a local or general anesthetic to numb the area. This will eliminate the pain while your dentist removes the tooth. Once the tooth is extracted, stitches are sometimes used to close the gum edges. Since surgical extractions are so common, there is nothing to worry about!

Signs that You Need to Schedule an Emergency Dental Appointment

A tooth that is cracked can be painful. It also can lead to disease of the tooth. If you think you have a cracked tooth, remember to look for these signs and call our office to schedule an emergency dental appointment:

  • pain when you bite down
  • pain when you stop biting down
  • pain that comes and goes
  • teeth that are sensitive or painful when eating or drinking
  • constant feeling that something is stuck between your teeth

Our goal is to fix any dental emergency as soon as possible and get you back on your feet and out of pain. Accidents can happen, and quick action and knowledge of dental emergencies can easily save a tooth! Make sure to give us a call at Adams Dental as soon as you experience the signs of a dental emergency.

Learn more from this Dental Emergency FAQ.

These are clear signs of dental emergencies, due to injury:

  • Cracked tooth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bitten tongue or lip
  • Knocked out or loose tooth

While these signs are often correlated to a dental emergency, there are other signs and symptoms to also be aware of that aren’t as sudden or apparent. Symptoms such as prolonged pain, or a swollen jaw are major indicators that something isn’t right, even if they do seem more subtle.

  • Prolonged toothache
  • Jaw pain or swelling
  • Sore gums
  • Metal taste in the mouth
  • Canker sore that will not heal
  • Numb tooth
  • Constant headaches
  • Extreme tiredness

Regular Dental Checkups at Adams Dental Group are Important

Let’s review a couple of Healthy Smile Tips:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss once a day
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks (especially sugary snacky)
  • Visit Dr. Roberts regularly

Remember to schedule your dental exam and cleaning, because it will help Dr. Roberts find and treat problems at an early stage. A cracked tooth can become a bigger problem if left untreated. If you think you may have a cracked tooth, please call to schedule an appointment at 913-296-8030.

Local dentist, Travis A. Roberts and his experienced, friendly team at Adams Dental Group offer affordable family dentistry and gentle dental care in the Kansas City, KS area. We have two locations that are conveniently located and offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At Adams Dental Group, we provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to specialty procedures, including dental implants, dentures, endodontic or root canal treatment, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at our West location (913) 296-8030 or our East location (913) 621-3113 to schedule an appointment.

August 30th, 2021

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Number 1 Reason to Visit Your Dentist is: Tooth Pain

It is no fun to have tooth pain. But, did you know that pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck can mean several different things.

But what makes having tooth pain or a toothache the NUMBER ONE reason you need to see your dentist? Let’s discuss the Top Ten Symptoms or reasons why you are experiencing tooth pain:

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April 28th, 2020

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