By Scott A. Terry, DDS
July 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Tooth pain can range from mild to severe, but even if your toothache is minor, you should still see a dentist as soon as possible, before the problem worsens. Dr. Scott A. Terry is a North Vernon, IN family dentist. He can diagnose the cause of your tooth pain and treat it effectively.

Toothache and Accompanying Symptoms

North Vernon residents should call Dr. Terry immediately if they experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain in the teeth, gums, or jaw
  • Bleeding gums
  • Redness and inflammation of the gums
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • Pus around the teeth or gums
  • A loose tooth
  • Tooth loss

Causes of Tooth Pain

One of the most common causes of toothache is tooth decay. Your mouth is full of bacteria and while some are beneficial, some are harmful and can cause tooth decay. This happens when bacteria combine with sugary substances from food and beverages and forms a film of plaque that sticks to the teeth and gum line. Over time, plaque produces acids that eat through your tooth enamel. If left untreated, plaque will eventually harden into tartar and cause gum disease. Be aware that acidic diets from soft drinks and sports drinks can cause tooth decay and ruin the enamel as well. If your family dentist catches the early signs of tooth decay, it can be treated before it creates a cavity and causes tooth pain.

Other causes of tooth pain include:

  • Gum disease: Because it causes inflammation of the gums, periodontitis can be painful. If it is not treated promptly, it can result in receding gums, loose teeth, and deterioration of the bone that holds teeth in place.
  • Inflammation of the Tooth Pulp: This condition can be caused by tooth decay or trauma to the tooth. It results in pain when chewing and sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
  • Cracked tooth: Cracks or fractures can cause sharp pain when biting and chewing.

Tooth pain is considered a dental emergency and you should contact your family dentist as soon as you experience problems. If you have a dental emergency, you can call us on (812) 346-4500.