A severe tooth pain or toothache can be quite debilitating. Toothache can be caused by several things. The kind of toothache that you experience usually hints towards a particular problem. However, even if you experience a specific type of toothache, such as a throbbing pain, several causes can be behind it.
What Causes a Throbbing Tooth Pain?
A throbbing pain can be very tortuous especially if it is severe. For most people, it feels like a constantly or repeatedly pumping pain that creates higher intensity intervals then it fluctuates to a lower pain level. The throbbing or pumping sensation is usually caused by an increase in blood flow or inflammation of the area. A throbbing tooth pain is commonly associated with certain dental problems.
They are as follows:
Dental abscess occurs when the dental tissue is infected by bacteria.
Symptoms and signs of dental abscess include:
- A painful part that worsens when pressure is applied or when you bite on it by pressing on something gently.
- A visible pus-filled swelling in some cases
- A foul taste in the mouth that does not disappear even after brushing
- A sickly feeling with a rather high fever
If not treated, abscessed teeth can be very dangerous. Therefore, if you suspect that you have a tooth abscess; book a dental appointment with a reputable dentist like Dr. Gabe Doria. Avoid the temptation to treat tooth abscess yourself because it will most likely worsen over time and eventually become unsightly, large and a painful lump on the face. Therefore, visit Dr. Gabe at his dental practice in Bayonne, New Jersey in Hudson County for examination and treatment.
Dental caries are also called tooth decay or cavities. These are formed when bacteria that feed on plaque convert carbohydrates and sugars into an acidic substance. The acidic substance eats through tooth enamel creating dental caries. Plaque accumulates on our teeth naturally especially without proper oral hygiene.
After the formation of a hole on tooth enamel, the softer and more sensitive tooth tissue can be infected. Other dental issues include dental abscesses and cracks which can result from tooth decay.
There are cases when a tooth with a hole can be seen with ease. However, tooth pain can be caused even by very small dental cavities or caries. In case you experience toothache that lasts more than 2 days yet you cannot see the problem, visit a dentist to confirm that you don’t have a hole on your tooth surface.
A cracked tooth might go unnoticed since a crack is not always easily visible. If you experience a throbbing pain or a pain that particularly worsens while chewing or releasing a bite it might be due to a fracture. Similarly, if you experience a pain burst due to a sudden change in temperature, you might also have a cracked tooth or a dental fracture. Do not go for too long with a cracked tooth without seeing a dentist because this will most likely worsen leading to more serious dental problems.
Getting a tooth filling as a way of closing a cavity may have long term benefits. However, a most sensitive tissue can be damaged by the dentist while performing this procedure. Experiencing pain is normal for some days after some dental procedures depending on the tissue damage level. As such, dentists describe pain relievers after performing some dental works.
Ask your dentist how long you should experience the pain after a dental procedure. If the pain lasts longer than normal, you will know that you have another dental problem. Make sure that you revisit the dentist promptly if you experienced a prolonged pain because you may have developed a new problem.
A throbbing tooth pain can also be due to sinusitis. The root of a tooth and sinuses are very close. When sinuses are blocked, they pressure the teeth roots causing a throbbing pain. It is important to note that not everybody will experience this pain. However, if you experience a throbbing pain repeatedly and your dentist cannot diagnose its cause, it might be a good idea to visit a doctor. A throbbing tooth pain that results from sinusitis can be worse especially when a person has a blocked nose. It usually disappears once the sinuses become clear. Nevertheless, visit a reputable professional like Dr. Gabe Doria at his dental practice in Bayonne, New Jersey in Hudson County for an extensive medical examination.
It is important to always remember that a low sugar diet and good oral hygiene can prevent most problems that are connected to throbbing tooth pain. Teeth are important to overall human health. Therefore, they should be taken care of properly. Although maintaining proper oral hygiene does not guarantee a life free of dental problems, it is a proven way of reducing cavities’ risk.
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