When it comes to tooth pain, it is important to identify two things: what is causing your pain and what can be done about it. In some instances you can handle it yourself at home; however, for others, you should contact us so that we can diagnose and treat the problem. See how much you really know about tooth pain by taking our true/false test.
True or False
- It is perfectly normal to experience tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods for a few days after dental treatment.
- If you experience sharp pain when biting down on foods, you should hold off on contacting us to see if the pain gets better on it own.
- Tooth pain is caused by a reaction of nerves inside the tooth’s enamel with the severity of the pain dependant upon the type and degree of the stimulus
- Generally speaking, pain is a protective response that ranges from minor to severe as a way of informing the body that something is wrong.
- If a tooth’s root surface is sensitive, you should use a firm toothbrush to ensure that you are keeping the area clean by thoroughly removing dental bacterial plaque.
- Lingering pain after eating hot or cold foods and liquids probably means that the pulp within your tooth is probably damaged or inflamed as a result of deep tooth decay or injury from a physical trauma.
- Regarding tooth sensitivity, you should only contact us if the pain persists for several months because this is not likely to be anything serious.
- If a tooth’s pulp becomes damaged or dies, you will need a root canal.
- With tooth pain, knowing how long to wait before you contact us can save physical, financial and emotional stress.
- People often confuse tooth and sinus pain because they both can feel the same — a dull ache with pressure in the upper teeth and sinus area on one or both sides of the face.
2) False. You should contact us asap for an examination before the pain worsens.
3) False. The nerves are located in the tooth’s pulp chamber.
5) False. Use a soft bristled toothbrush not a firm one.
7) False. While tooth sensitivity generally does not signal a serious issue, if it persist for days or worsens, contact us.
9) False. Early interception is best.
To learn more, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Pain? Don’t Wait!” Or contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions.