Guide to Tooth Pain

Symptom
Possible Problem
Action
Constant pain and pressure, gum swelling, sensitivity to touch. Abscessed tooth causing gum and bone to become infected. Endodontic evaluation and treatment to relieve the pain and save the tooth.
Dull ache and pressure in upper teeth and jaw. Sinus headache or grinding of teeth can cause these symptoms. See your dentist for relief of teeth grinding. Endodontic treatment may be required for relief of severe or chronic pain.
Chronic pain in head, neck or ear Pulp-damaged teeth may be the cause of pain in the head and neck. Endodontic treatment may be required. If the problem is not related to your tooth, we will refer you to an appropriate specialist.
Sensitivity to hot or cold foods after dental treatment. Momentary discomfort to hot and cold sensations does not signal a serious problem. this may be caused by a loose filling or gum recession. Use a desensitizing toothpaste specially formulated for sensitive teeth and brush appropriately.

Sensitivity to hot or cold foods after dental treatment.

Dental work may inflame pulp or nerves. Wait 4 to 6 weeks. If the pain continues, see your general dentist.
Sharp pain when biting down on food. Decay, loose filling, or a crack in the tooth. Possible pulp damage. See your dentist for evaluation. If the problem is pulp related, your dentist may refer you to our practice.
Lingering pain after eating hot or cold foods. Pulp damage by deep decay or trauma. Endodontic treatment will be required if you wish to save your tooth.
































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