When it comes to oral pain, it can seem like nothing can take your mind away from it. No matter how hard you try to ignore the pain, even the slightest movement can cause you to want to scream out in pain. From dull, aching pain to strong, shooting pain, here are three things your mouth pain might be telling you.
Dull, Achy Toothache
If you are experiencing a dull, achy kind of toothache, you likely have a cavity. Causing the dentin which protects the nerves under your teeth to erode, cavities can cause things like chewing or even simply sitting still to be quite painful. When trying to decipher whether or not you have a cavity, check to see if the pain stays in one part of your tooth or if it is something that affects your entire jaw. If the pain is centralized to one tooth, then you likely have a cavity and need to seek the care and treatment of a dental professional as soon as possible.
Dull, Achy Jaw Pain
If you are experiencing a dull, achy sort of pain that is spread across your entire jaw, you likely are suffering from bruxism or tooth clenching. By clenching your teeth throughout the day or during your sleep at night, you can cause extra strain on your jaw which can make it to feel sore and tender to the touch. Try alternating between icing your jaw and heat for a few days along with taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory.
Sharp, Shooting Pain
Sharp, shooting oral pain can be indicative of several things including tooth sensitivity and an abscessed tooth. But how can you tell these two things apart? Tooth sensitivity arises when you expose your teeth to extreme temperatures like a bite of ice cream or hot soup. Whereas an abscessed tooth can cause you to experience a shooting sensation of pain when you chew on foods and is typically accompanied by a fever. If you are experiencing shooting oral pain, visit your dentist as soon as possible.
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