If you have severe pain in your teeth or gums, you may blame it on a toothache. The problem is that the cause of severe pain is often due to a variety of things.
Knowing the different causes of the pain can help you decide what you need to do and how quickly you need to do it. These are some of the typical causes of oral pain and what to do about them.
Pain is Relative
The biggest problem with the term severe oral pain is that everyone has a different idea of what severe pain is. For some people a minor cavity could lead to severe pain. For others, it is nothing more than a minor discomfort.
The best thing to do is to define what severe pain means to the individual. Severe pain is when you have a pain that stops you from doing things you would normally do. If the pain means you cannot bite down or that you cannot talk easily and you stop doing these types of things, you can describe it as severe.
What Causes Oral Pain
The most common cause of oral pain is a toothache. The toothache can result from a cavity or from an infection of the tooth or gums. Most of the pain of a toothache is manageable until you are able to see us. If you have an abscess, the pain will get worse and you will need attention sooner.
An impacted wisdom tooth is another reason for severe pain. It is not something that people can ignore for long. Gum disease, oral cancer, and TMJ can all cause pain that can stop a person from engaging in their normal routine.
Pain in your teeth, gums or mouth is a sign that something is wrong. Whether it is minor pain or severe pain, it is not something to ignore. Take the time to find out the cause of your pain and take the steps to take care of the cause of the pain.
For more information about this or any other oral health issues, contact our office to schedule an appointment.