Dental Pain

Dental pain is caused by a variety of issues and problems related to the mouth, jaw, or teeth. Whether you need to improve your oral hygiene, have issues with bruxism, or pain caused by trauma, you need to have one of our professional staff see you as soon as possible.

The information providing in the table below will help you identify and explain your pain when you meet with Dr. Carreira or a member of our staff. Please take the time to review the information provided.

Dental pain symtoms presented here are:
Sharp pain when biting down
Severe mouth pain, pressure, or swelling that does not go away
A dull ache in upper teeth and jaw
Pain in the head, neck, or ear that does not go away
Sensitivity to heat, cold, or sweets
Persistent pain after eating something hot or cold

 

Sharp pain when biting down

Possible CausePossible Treatment
Tooth decay or a loose fillingA filling or a new restoration
An infection of the pulp layer of the toothRoot canal procedure to remove the infected tissue
A cracked toothA crown to protect, strengthen, and save the tooth
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Severe mouth pain, pressure, or swelling that does not go away

Possible CausePossible Treatment
An abscess of a tooth root, in the gum tissue, or in the jaw boneRoot canal, extraction, gum treatment, or other procedures may be required. Call us to make an emergency appointment and take over-the-counter pain meds until we are able see you.
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A dull ache in upper teeth and jaw

Possible CausePossible Treatment
Grinding or clenching the teeth (a.k.a. bruxism) may cause a dull ache in the upper jaw with sensitive teeth and sore muscles (a.k.a. TMJ)A nightguard, bite adjustment, muscle relaxants, or other treatment may be required.
An abscess of a tooth root in the gum tissue or jawboneRoot canal procedure, gum cleaning, or other treatment
A sinus headache or a sinus infection (upper, back teeth are located next to the sinus cavity)A medical doctor is able to treat pain from sinus. Antibiotics and over-the-counter sinus medications may reduce sinus pain.
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Pain in the head, neck, or ear that does not go away

Possible CausePossible Treatment
Damaged or infected nerve tissue in the teethRoot canal procedure may be necessary to remove the infection
Problems is bruxism in the jaw joints (TMJ) or spasm of the muscles that move the jawA nightguard or full time orthotic, muscle relaxants, and anti-inflammatory medication
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Sensitivity to heat, cold, or sweets

Possible CausePossible Treatment
Dental treatment (temporary tooth sensitivity is normal after any dental treatment as it can disturb the nerves within the tooth)Will usually subside within several days. Over-the-counter meds are often helpful. Sometimes bite adjustment is needed.
Tooth whitening (minimal tooth sensitivity is normal after whitening)Pain should subside after several days. Sensitive-teeth toothpaste or fluoride also is helpful.
Gum recessionTooth-colored filling to cover area, sensitive-teeth toothpaste or fluoride
Loose or cracked fillingReplace with new restoration
Cracked toothCan often be saved with an onlay or crown to protect tooth
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Persistent pain after eating something hot or cold

Possible CausePossible Treatment
Deep decay or a fractured toothA crown and or a root canal to save the tooth
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If you are experiencing even the slightest pain in your mouth, jaw, or teeth, call (207) 947-4767 or schedule an appointment today.

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