|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
||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 bleaching (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