Tooth Pain

Tooth Pain Santa Monica

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There are many reasons why you might experience tooth pain, some of which are not even directly related to your teeth. Anytime that you experience any type of pain in your mouth, it is essential that you come in for a visit so that we can get to the root of the problem.

Why Tooth Pain Occurs
There are numerous reasons you could be experiencing tooth pain. It could be a very simple reason or something more complex. The most common reasons we see patients with tooth pain include:

  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Infection in the gums
  • Tooth decay
  • Teeth grinding (TMJ)
  • Advanced stages of gum disease

Sometimes the tooth pain will be accompanied by other symptoms, such as headaches, neck aches, fever, or a bad taste in your mouth. We will need to know all of the symptoms that you are experiencing in order to properly diagnose you and help you find the right solution.

Sometimes tooth pain is due to tooth decay – which you should never ignore. Decay that is left untreated can cause immense problems with your surrounding teeth and gums. Even the slightest pain in your tooth should be evaluated as it could be the start of tooth decay – typically the earlier we catch decay, the less problems that occur down the road.

Another common reason we see patients with tooth pain is for accumulated debris in the mouth, which then turns into plaque. Excessive plaque buildup puts you at risk for gum disease, whether the early stage of gingivitis or advanced stages of periodontal disease. If you are experiencing pain in your mouth, your first step should be to see if your mouth is clear of all debris by thoroughly rinsing, brushing and flossing your teeth. If the pain subsides, it could have been due to something becoming lodged in between your tooth; if it does not go away, you could be dealing with something more serious, such as gum disease.

If your tooth pain does not subside with simple measures taken at home, it is time to come in for an evaluation. We will evaluate your mouth for any of the above issues, including the signs of bruxism, otherwise known as teeth grinding. This common reason for tooth pain is a result of grinding your teeth at night while you are sleeping. If you wake up with a tense jaw, chronic headaches, or are perpetually tired, bruxism could be the reason for which we could help you find a solution.

Caring for your Tooth Pain
If you have tooth pain and are unable to get in to see us right away, the following measures should help you eliminate the pain until we can help you reach a solution:

  • Apply a cold compress to the outside of the painful area
  • Take Ibuprofen as recommended on the bottle
  • Follow a soft foods diet until we can help you eliminate the pain

Of course, of utmost importance is getting in to see us for an evaluation to determine the reason for your tooth pain. It is never a good idea to self-medicate for too long as you could be letting a serious condition get worse over time.

At Santa Monica Bay Dental we want what is best for you and your dental health – call us today to find out what is causing your tooth pain. Call (310) 736-2277.