What Sensitive Teeth Can Mean

Woman portrait feeling tooth pain at homeIn last week’s blog, our team discussed the threats that arise from oral cancer as well as what steps you may take in order to reduce your chances of its onset. Believe it or not, a number of dental concerns actually share many warning signs and symptoms, which can make it difficult to distinguish between what is affecting you and what your needs are. In today’s blog, your Pella, IA dentist explores this concept by taking a look at the meaning behind sensitive teeth, as well as what our team can do to help.

Indication of a Bigger Concern

When it comes to your oral health, any complication that affects it typically requires immediate care. In other words, unlike a stomach ache or headache, it simply will not get better with time. As a matter of fact, it is more likely to have the opposite effect and get worse and worse until your previously perceived minor issue has developed into a major one.

While all sorts of body aches are somewhat common, a toothache, on the other hand, is not. If you experience any form of oral discomfort, sharp pain, sensitivity, or anything else that may contribute to an achy feeling, chances are you have an even bigger concern on your hand. This also means you should reach out to our office as soon as possible so that we can properly assess the concern and address it before it gets worse.

Possible Infection

One of the major indicators of a tooth ache or pain includes infection. Even still, this can take a variety of forms. A few examples of the source of your problem could include plaque or tartar that may have developed on your roots as a result of gum disease, decay that has spread inside a tooth and targeted your dental pulp and nerves, among others. It is hard to pinpoint the exact cause of the pain without first having a professional inspect the affected area, which is why we emphasize the importance of scheduling your next visit sooner rather than later so that we can best address your needs. For more information about this process, please reach out to our front desk today.

Lodged Structures and Irritation

Another possible cause of your oral pain can include an item that has become lodged between teeth. It is a natural occurrence that food particles get stuck between our teeth after meals at times, and the main reason we encourage flossing after every meal. In some cases, however, a small sharp object such as a piece of a tortilla chip may get lodged between teeth without your knowledge, causing significant discomfort and pain. Some cases such as these even qualify as emergencies, so make sure to come in to have the issue handled as soon as possible.

Schedule Your Visit

It is wise to come in to our office at the onset of any kind of oral pain, and our team is ready to help. Contact Allen & Neumann Family Dentistry in Pella, IA by calling 641-628-1121 to learn more or schedule your visit today.