What is Tooth Pain and Jaw Pain?
Tooth pain and jaw pain can occur at virtually any time or be chronic in nature. Both problems can cause severe pain and get in the way of living life to the fullest. You may require treatment for both jaw and tooth pain if it has become severe or if there is an underlying problem. To determine the root cause of the pain, an exam as well as x-rays will be needed.
What Causes Tooth Pain?
Tooth pain can be caused by an abscess or severe decay. If decay is allowed to go down deep into the tooth, it will eventually reach the pulp. The pulp is where the nerves and blood supply are located for each individual tooth. Once the pulp is infected, it can cause excruciating pain that needs to be treated immediately. Tooth pain may be a sign that there is decay in need of treatment or sensitivity of the area.
What Causes Jaw Pain?
Jaw pain often involves the temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects the jaw to the skull. Your TMJ may cause you pain or discomfort if there is a problem with the actual joint. The joint may become tender, inflamed or you may hear it clicking or popping as you open your mouth. Treatment of TMD (temporomandibular disorder) is necessary in reducing pain and inflammation.
What are your treatment options for both Tooth Pain and Jaw Pain?
If you have tooth or jaw pain, it’s important to come in for an appointment. We will examine the area and take x-rays and other images when needed. With tooth pain, antibiotics may be necessary to clear an infection. If a root canal or filling is needed, we can provide you with this treatment. TMD often involves more rigorous treatment which can include hot/cold therapy, injections and even surgery. Our goal is to get you feeling back to your normal self without the pain or discomfort you’ve been experiencing.
If you have either tooth pain or jaw pain, call our office today and we will work to get you in for an examination.