If you are dealing with some dull pain and sensitivity in your mouth in a tooth and around the gum line and you aren't sure what is causing the pain, you want to see a dentist. There are many minor aches and pains that can occur when you get food caught between the teeth, or you bite on something sharp or hard, but consistent pain indicates that there is a problem. Here are some of the things that you want to talk to the dentist about, as well as things to be concerned about.
The dull pain could be an infection in the gum tissue or inside the root of the tooth. An infection that goes without treatment can become severe and get into your bloodstream, making a toxic situation that could potentially lead to death if not treated. You want to get to the dentist to see if you need an antibiotic for the problem and to see if you have an infection that is causing pain and discomfort in the mouth. If so, a dental filling will be needed.
If there is a particle lodged in between the gum line and the tooth and you can't get to it with floss, it could be causing a lot of damage to the gum tissue. This could be cutting into the tissue and eroding it away, along with opening the tissue to bacteria that can cause gum disease or infection. This may have to be professionally-extracted from the gum tissue and then possibly stitched shut.
During adulthood, the teeth will often shift forward in the mouth. If this has happened and the teeth didn't have a lot of room to move, this crowding can be causing a lot of pain. The teeth may have to be moved back with some type of orthodontic treatment, or teeth pulled to make enough room in the mouth. If the teeth are continuing to push, they could cause cracking or other problems.
There are a lot of different reasons why you may have pain in your mouth, and it's important to get to the bottom of the problem and to find a solution before you are dealing with a serious oral health complication or infection. Talk with the dentist to see if you need to get a dental filling to treat the issue, and if this will help to treat the pain if there is an infection inside the tooth.
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