Pain is the body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong, and when you feel pain in your mouth or teeth, or any time that something is out of the ordinary, you should make an appointment to see your dentist.
If the pain is not severe, or if you cannot immediately see what is causing it, you might be tempted to ‘just keep an eye on it” for a while before calling the dentist’s office. However, even if the pain is not that bad, it could be an indicator of an issue that needs attention. For example, you may be suffering from cracked tooth syndrome.
Many types of dental damage can be seen. There may be severe and continuous pain from an infected or broken tooth, or from a tooth with a cavity. The damage may also be visible. In the case of cracked tooth syndrome, the crack may be so small that you can’t see it, and it might not even show up when your dentist takes an x-ray of your teeth.
Usually, the best indicator of a cracked tooth is pain. The pain is not persistent. It may be sharp or dull, but it will not last long. Often you will feel the pain when you bite or chew, or when the tooth is exposed to heat or even to a cold drink or air. In order to help the dentist locate and treat your cracked tooth, you should make a note of what you were doing when the pain occurred and which tooth seems to be hurting.
When the dentist locates your cracked tooth, she will suggest different treatments depending on the severity of the crack and the damage. The dentist may fix the tooth by bonding it, or placing a crown on it; or the tooth may require a root canal or an extraction.
If you are experiencing pain in your teeth, don’t put off your visit to the dentist any longer. If you would like to make an appointment to see Dr. Ellen Nam at Rodem Tree Dental in Rowlett, Texas, call 972-475-2321 today.