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We’ve all experienced some kind of tooth pain before – but how well do we understand it? Differentiating between the myriad of tooth pain categories is crucial in understanding whether you may need urgent dental treatment.

So if your tooth pain knowledge is a little rusty, we’ve compiled this handy list that explores the different types of tooth pain, and the source of each tooth pain in case you think you may be experiencing it and need advice.

Sharp pain

Typically a result of damage on your tooth, sharp tooth pain could indicate space in crowns or cavities, broken cusps or decaying along your gum line. To rectify this pain, seek attention from a dentist as quickly as possible – the faster you see one, the less likely it will develop into a more serious problem.

Dull pain

Whereas sharp pain is an indicator of physical tooth damage, dull pain represents damage within your teeth, usually pertaining to your nerves. A dull toothache can be spontaneous, but you may notice it flaring up when consuming food or drinks at hot temperatures. To eliminate dull pain, your dentist may recommend a root canal. See them for a check-up first.

Severe throbbing

Severe throbbing tooth pain is generally a sign of infection – particularly if your gums or face are swelled up. Other symptoms of tooth infection include pain while chewing or gum bleeding. Seek dental treatment as quickly as possible to help this pain subside.

Irregular pain

If you only notice your specific type of tooth pain intermittently, it’s likely there are cavities, cracks or swelling occurring on your tooth. You’ll likely only notice this when your teeth are reacting to something, for example, opening your mouth to chew something. Seek dental treatment to understand the root cause of this type of pain.

Dental abscesses

Tooth abscesses are caused by bacteria build-up that infects the pulp section of your tooth. This not only causes tooth pain, but can spur fever and a constant bad taste in your mouth. Check in with your dentist if experiencing this kind of pain – they may recommend a root canal procedure.

Hot or cold sensitivity

Though sensitivity in teeth doesn’t always equate to teeth problems, there may be an underlying dental problem you wish to seek help for. If this sensitivity is teeth-related, it could be a small decay, loose filling or a receding gum near your tooth. Using a soft toothbrush and specific sensitive toothpaste could rectify this, but if it gets any worse, consult your dentist about the problem.

Protect your teeth with Pitt Street Dental

Recognise any of these pains? Make sure you seek treatment from your dentist as soon as possible. Here at Pitt Street Dental in Sydney, we provide emergency dental care 7 days a week. Our priority is providing you with emergency dental care to help you get back to your day, pain-free. If you require an after-hours dentist, call our dental centre on (02) 9223 4767 to make a same-day appointment.

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