Common Tooth Pain Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

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Some things are too good to ignore. Pain, on the other hand, doesn’t feel good but it’s also something you shouldn’t ignore.

For example, ignoring tooth pain or a toothache can lead to more painful outcomes. Instead of pushing through the pain or masking it with pain relievers it’s good to know the potential symptoms and causes of tooth pain.

Common (not to be ignored) tooth pain symptoms

The first question you might be asked if you’re consulting with an emergency dentist, a dental office team member, or an online dentist is:

“How would you describe the pain you’re feeling?”

It’s an appropriate question because mouth pain or tooth pain can present itself in a variety of ways. And each pain signal can indicate a specific dental issue that could require treatment.

The following pain-descriptions can help you communicate more effectively about your symptoms.

1-“Sharp pain…like something is stabbing my tooth and gums…”

The nerves in your teeth can become aggressive.” If something is wrong they often won’t hold-back.

What is a sharp, stabbing pain in your tooth or mouth trying to tell you?

  • You could have a cavity
  • An infection could be worsening
  • Seek treatment to potentially avoid losing a tooth or being diagnosed with gum disease

2-“Tooth sensitivity…feels like a ‘zing’ when eating or drinking…”

You could experience consistent reminders that you’re developing tooth or gum issues. It’s also common for the discomfort to come and go.

Sensitive teeth problems are most often associated with consuming hot or cold foods and beverages. You take a sip of your hot morning coffee or a cold drink…and you feel a “zing” of pain.

Why the zing?”

  • The results of teeth grinding
  • Erosion of your protective tooth enamel
  • Tooth decay
  • A tooth cavity

3-“Constant discomfort…like a dull ache in my tooth or mouth…”

You could normalize this sensation by accepting or living with it. But doing so doesn’t take the edge off.

In fact, ongoing and uncomfortable tooth and mouth pain, while tolerable on occasion, is another indication that something isn’t right.

  • Your teeth could be moving out of alignment
  • Your wisdom teeth could impacted
  • You could be experiencing tooth decay

4-“Swollen, irritated, or bleeding gums…I can see blood in the sink when brushing my teeth”

These symptoms might not be immediately painful. Once the swelling increases you could experience more irritation.

The larger concern is what the symptoms could be signaling. The early (sometimes painful) signs of periodontal (gum) disease can give you a head-start on treatment.

Delay or avoidance could lead to:

  • Gum recession
  • Loose teeth
  • Tooth loss

Tooth pain or mouth pain are your body’s alert-system. It’s essential that you listen and learn from your symptoms and seek a dental diagnosis.

Virtual dentistry gives you an initial diagnostic solution for your tooth and mouth pain. An online dentist is available to:

  • Communicate with you about your tooth and mouth pain symptoms.
  • Provide a diagnosis based on your symptoms and related observations.
  • Collaborate with you about next step relief and treatment solutions.

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