Sharp pain when you bite down
Tooth decay or a loose filling
A new restoration to restore the tooth
An infection inside the inner pulp layer of your tooth
You may need root canal therapy to remove the infected tissue
A cracked tooth
Cracked teeth can often be saved by placing a crown to protect and strengthen
Severe pain, pressure, or swelling in your mouth that does not go away
An abscess of a tooth root, in the gum tissue, or in the jaw bone
Call us for an emergency appointment and take over-the-counter pain meds until we see you. Root canal, extraction, gum treatment or other therapies may be needed.
A dull ache in upper teeth and jaw
A sinus headache or a sinus infection (upper back teeth are very close to the sinus
Your physician can treat if pain is from sinus. Antibiotics and over-the-counter sinus meds can reduce sinus pain.
Grinding or clenching your teeth (called bruxism) – can cause a dull ache in the upper jaw along with sensitive teeth and sore muscles
A night guard, bite adjustment, muscle relaxants or other therapies may be needed.
An abscess of a tooth root, in the gum tissue or bone.
Root canal therapy, gum cleaning or other therapy
Pain in your head, neck, or ear that does not go away
Damaged or infected nerve tissue in your teeth
Root canal therapy may be necessary to remove the infected tissue
Problems in your jaw joints or spasm of the muscles that move your jaw
Possible solutions could be a night guard or full time orthotic, muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory medication
Sensitivity to heat, cold, or sweets
(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.
(Some tooth sensitivity is normal after tooth bleaching)
Pain should subside after several days. Sensitive-teeth toothpaste or fluoride also is helpful.
Tooth-colored filling to cover area, sensitive-teeth toothpaste or fluoride
Loose or cracked filling
Replace with new restoration
Can often be saved with an onlay or crown to protect tooth
Lingering pain after eating something hot or cold
Deep decay or a fractured tooth
You may need a crown and or a root canal to save your tooth