Thing to Consider When You Have Dental Pain

Pain is the body's defense mechanism—it warns us to act before a situation worsens. Even minor transient pain may be a sign of a problem that can be treated before a serious toothache develops. Sharp pain is a stronger alert, warning us of a possible crack or loose filling. Addressing these symptoms early could mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth.

A more severe toothache that is resistant may mean the tooth's nerve tissue has been damaged as a result of deep decay or trauma. A root canal procedure can relieve the pain and save the tooth by removing the pulp and cleaning, filling and sealing the canals. The tooth is then restored with a crown or other restoration.

Pain does not wait for an opportune time to show itself. It can begin suddenly at any time. Toothaches seem to hurt more at night because the blood goes to your head when you lie down. Elevating your head may help ease the pain. Endodontists and dentists provide emergency care and will often see patientswho are in pain on short notice. Often they can assess the situation by phone and prescribe medication to control the pain until treatment can be provided.

Tooth pain doesn't always signal a dental problem. Several conditions including sinus infections and neurological disorders can cause toothaches. A proper assessment is needed before an accurate diagnosis can be made. For some, fear is what holds them back from getting that diagnosis. Unfortunately this creates the vicious cycle of pain dictating treatment— the procedures become longer and more costly the longer the problem has persisted. Speaking with your dentist or Dr. Wolfson about your fear will allow them to help you to have the most comfortable experience possible. They are there to help, and most of all, get you out of pain. Studies show that relaxed patients feel less pain. If you feel pain during treatment, tell the dentist. In most cases, something can be done to alleviate any discomfort.

If you have pain that a dentist is unable to diagnose, or that persists after a dental procedure, ask your family dentist to refer you to Dr. Wolfson. He will assess the problem and, if necessary, direct you to an ear, nose and throat specialist, neurologist or other doctor who can help you. You do not have to live with the burden of pain; it can be one short visit away from being gone.