Tooth Nerve Pain
A sudden, stabbing pain in your tooth — as well as an ongoing throbbing, dull discomfort — signal that the nerves and tissue at the center of your tooth are possibly compromised. When the nerves at the center of your tooth have been infected or damaged, it results in the tooth nerve pain you feel.
Whether due to decay or trauma, nerve tooth pain indicates inflammation of the tissue in the pulp and surrounding nerves of your tooth. Throbbing tooth pain that comes and goes is just as much an indication of inflammation or infection as constant throbbing tooth pain.
Finding the definitive answer to the question — why is my tooth throbbing? — is your SoHo dentist’s goal during an examination. A quick assessment and diagnosis lead to quick relief for you. So seek out a local dentist like Dr. John Koutsoyiannis who uses the latest technology and diagnostic tools to provide you with fast tooth nerve pain relief.
Some Causes of Throbbing Tooth Pain
There are numerous conditions that can contribute to your throbbing tooth. Only your best SoHo dentist can diagnose and treat severe tooth pain, as sometimes the pain originates somewhere else besides your mouth. Common sources of tooth nerve pain include:
- Injury due to trauma
- Tooth decay
- Loss of an adjacent tooth
- An infection of your tooth or gums
- Radiating pain from another area, such as your jaw, sinuses or ear
- Gum disease, which leads to swelling and areas of redness surrounding one or more teeth
Detecting the different conditions responsible for tooth pain lies in Dr. John’s expertise and experience. He can deliver the most appropriate treatment once he judges whether your pain is throbbing tooth pain that comes and goes or whether your tooth pain radiates from other issues, such as:
- Throat or ear pain
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
When to Consult Your Dentist for Throbbing Tooth Pain
Tooth nerve pain and its accompanying jaw pain may be especially sensitive to pressure. The pain may radiate up and down your jaw, cheek and face, even to the point of causing headaches. You may also experience hot and cold sensitivity, swelling around the tooth, pain when chewing, bleeding or pus from the affected teeth or gums. If you experience any of the following symptoms, consult Dr. John for an appointment:
- Severe pain after a tooth extraction, especially on the second or third day, as it may indicate a dry socket problem
- Pain that doesn’t go away when you take over-the-counter medications for several days
- Any loosened, dislodged or broken tooth as a result of an injury
- Pain caused by swelling in your gums, tongue, face or tissues running along your throat, jaw line or neck
- Any pain associated with the opening and closing of your jaw or problems with your jawbone joint
- Pressure and pain at the location of any wisdom teeth that haven’t yet erupted or been extracted
If you ever experience any accompanying trauma, rash or other symptoms that may involve your heart — such as a racing heartbeat, shortness of breath or chest, back or stomach pain —immediately call 911. These symptoms may signal a rampant infection or a dangerous heart problem.
Options for Tooth Nerve Pain Relief
Your SoHo dentist conducts a thorough dental exam. Often, x-rays can assess the condition of your jaw and teeth. Most of the time, pain from a throbbing tooth results from a cavity or the exposure of the tooth root due to gum disease. Dr. John can treat these conditions with:
- Dental fillings
- A root canal procedure
- Gum disease treatment
- Extraction, especially if your wisdom teeth are the cause of your pain
You may be prescribed an antibiotic to treat any underlying infection and inflammation. Any other dental procedures may require additional medication to protect against reoccurrence. Keeping ahead of dental concerns by treating them quickly provides tooth nerve pain relief and helps prevent your dental problems from escalating.