What Tooth or Oral Pain is Telling You, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog, we went over some of the primary culprits that might be behind pain taking place in the mouth. Not only does understanding the source of mouth pain help you limit the symptoms, it helps you understand the potential issues that are taking place to lead to the pain in the first place, allowing for better proactive care.

At the offices of Scott W. Grant, DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re here to help with any oral pain issues as part of our general dentist services, whether you require sedation dentistry to correct an issue, preventive care to limit future concerns, or anything in between. In today’s part two, we’ll go over several of the other common forms of mouth pain that you or your children may experience at some point, plus what this pain is trying to tell you and what you can do about it.

Temperature Sensitivity

In some cases, you may notice pain that’s only triggered when you’re eating or drinking extremely hot or cold items. For some people, only one end of this spectrum leads to pain, while the other can be consumed normally with no issues.

This kind of temperature sensitivity can mean a few different things. It may be a symptom of gum disease or tooth trauma in some situations, or could mean that you need a new filling or crown for a cracked or chipped tooth – an ill-fitting implant here won’t cover the root properly, and sensitivity could be a result. We recommend seeing your family dentist as soon as you realize temperature sensitivity is an ongoing problem, as it can worsen and lead to infection in many cases where it’s not addressed.

Tooth or Gum Chewing Sensitivity

Another kind of mouth sensitivity takes place in the teeth or gums, and happens when eating hard foods – or in severe cases, even soft foods. Like temperature sensitivity, chewing sensitivity can mean a few things, from tooth trauma like a crack to gum disease that’s been building for years. Once again, look to have this issue assessed as soon as you can to prevent it from getting worse and risking the loss of a tooth.

Bumps and Pus

Have you begun to notice painful bumps forming on the gums, possibly including pus coming out of the area as well? This could be a sign of tooth infection or gum disease, and these are both issues that should be handled by a dental professional as soon as possible. In cases where pus is blocked from draining properly, it can lead to major swelling and pain, and could even spread infection to other areas of the body.

For more on the types of pain that may take place in the mouth and what they’re signaling, or to learn about any of our dental care services, speak to the staff at the offices of Scott W. Grant, DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today.

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