How to Tell If Your Oral Pain Requires a Trip to the Emergency Dental Clinic

When it comes to your health, it’s better to err on the side of caution. So when you suddenly feel pain in your mouth it pays off to be sure about whether or not a visit to an emergency dental clinic is required.

This article will help you identify some possible causes of your oral pain based on different oral pain symptoms. Identifying the cause of your pain will let you know if you need an emergency dental appointment. Knowing which conditions require emergency dental care will help you get the treatment you need sooner.

Knowing what your symptoms are and how to describe them will also improve your ability to better communicate the problem to your emergency dentist.

Consider that 9 out of 10 diseases cause symptoms in the oral cavity. If the underlying cause of the pain in your mouth is something more serious, professional diagnosis and treatment will identify the problem early on. As with most health problems, the sooner they are identified and treated the better they can be treated.

What’s Causing Your Oral Pain?

A dental injury or disease isn’t always as easy to identify as a chipped tooth or a cut. It’s often hard to tell what may be causing the issue, especially since it isn’t easy to inspect the inside of your own mouth. It’s easier to identify dental pain when you have the appropriate language to describe it. Oral pain can be separated into gum, tooth, and jaw pain.

Causes of Gum Pain

Feeling pain or general discomfort can have several causes, many of which are linked to gum diseases like gingivitis. If your gums are bleeding, you may be brushing or flossing too hard. If you realize that you are a bit too aggressive with your oral healthcare routine, you don’t need to visit an emergency dental clinic. Instead, brush and floss more gently and your gums will heal in time. Other causes of pain could be caused by tobacco use or hormones, so make an appointment with your dentist instead of visiting an emergency dental clinic.

If the pain in your gums is severe and hard to bear, it may be caused by a tooth abscess or other dental problem. Make an urgent appointment with your dentist, or if you truly can’t bear the pain call an emergency dental clinic.

Causes of Tooth Pain

To identify the severity of your toothache, start by considering whether the condition is chronic or acute. If you’ve been experiencing tooth-aches regularly after eating ice cream or having cold drinks, you probably have sensitive teeth and don’t have an emergency.

Having sensitive teeth doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t make an emergency dental appointment if you begin to experience worse symptoms.

Acute toothaches are always a cause for concern. Generally speaking, if you suddenly begin experiencing a severe toothache you should contact an emergency dental clinic. Bear in mind that TMJ/TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder), sinus infections, or ear infections can also produce toothaches as a symptom. If you are experiencing symptoms in those areas as well as in your teeth you may need to go to the emergency room as opposed to the dentist.

Causes of Jaw Pain

It can be hard to distinguish jaw pain from pain in the facial muscles, a type of pain which is often caused by grinding teeth or clenching of the jaw. Chronic conditions like tooth grinding do not require a visit to an emergency dental clinic but should still be examined by a dentist.

Common causes of jaw pain include osteomyelitis, TMJ/TMD, or an abscessed tooth. Osteomyelitis is a type of infection which can travel through your bloodstream and affecting your bones and surrounding tissue. If you are experiencing other symptoms of infection, for example a fever, you should go to the emergency room.

TMJ/TMD

TMJ/TMD requires a visit to an emergency dental clinic and can be identified by an accompanying clicking of the jaw when you open or close your mouth. It can also cause your jaw to lock.

Abscessed Tooth

Another common cause of jaw pain is an abscessed tooth. This infection of the dental pulp or nerve is caused by neglecting to treat a cavity and requires an immediate visit to an emergency dental clinic. See a dentist as soon as possible so you can get treatment which will potentially prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of body.

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