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Pain is a protective response from your body to let you know something is wrong inside your body. Dental pain is no exception to this rule. It is a form of reactive nerve pain that comes from inside your teeth when they are exposed to certain stimuli.

Most of the times the cause of dental pain is a cavity that may need either a filling or a root canal. However, before jumping to the thought of getting extensive dental work done for tooth pain, Here are

Some common causes apart from cavities that may cause tooth pain

  • Tooth Sensitivity to temperature

The dental pain of sensitivity is a momentary pain. It can be due to: a small area of tooth decay, a loose filling or an exposed root due to abrasion or gum recession

What to do about it: Maintaining oral Hygiene to keep the mouth clean of plaque is required. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with desensitizing toothpaste. If there is a small cavity or loose filling, get a filling to cover the exposed tooth.

  • Sensitivity after dental treatment

Dental work can also cause dental pain. Sometimes after a recent dental treatment like filling, scaling, crown work, a patient may feel some temporary sensitivity.

What to do about it: This pain lasts a few days to a few weeks. In the meantime, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers to manage your discomfort.

  • Sharp pain when chewing

A sharp pain on chewing can be caused by a loose/cracked filling or a cracked tooth.

What to do about it: While a loose filling can be replaced by a dentist, a cracked tooth may require a root canal to seal all the cracks.

  • Lingering pain after eating

Lingering pain after eating or drinking hot or cold food items could very well mean that the tooth is infected. Such teeth need a root canal.

What to do about it: This needs to be prevented before the pain becomes too severe. A root canal can remove the dead and dying pulp; saving the tooth.

  • Dull ache and pressure on the upper teeth

Believe it or not, this kind of dental pain can be sinus-related. Your upper back teeth share the same nerves as your sinus cavity. As a result, that pain can be referred to your teeth and vice versa.

What to do about it: If you are suffering from sinusitis/common cold and also experiencing dull tooth pain, you need to be seen by a dentist and/or your family physician before the symptoms get severe.

Dr. Binoy Paul, our Specialist Endodontist has years of experience in diagnosing and managing various types of dental pain with the latest methods in the field of dentistry. Please contact us at +971561219894/+97143575783 to book an appointment with him.

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