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Guide to Tooth Pain

Symptom Possible Problem Action
Constant pain and pressure, gum swelling, sensitivity to touch. Abscessed tooth causing gum and bone to become infected. Endodontic evaluation and treatment to relieve the pain and save the tooth.
Dull ache and pressure in upper teeth and jaw. Sinus headache or grinding of teeth can cause these symptoms. See your dentist for relief of teeth grinding. See Dr. Chavez for severe or chronic pain.
Chronic pain in head, neck or ear. Pulp-damaged teeth may be the cause of pain in the head and neck. See Dr. Chavez for an evaluation. If the problem is not related to your tooth, we will refer you to an appropriate specialist.
Sensitivity to hot or cold foods after dental treatment. Momentary discomfort to hot and cold sensations does not signal a serious problem. This may be caused by a loose filling or gum recession. Use a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth and brush appropriately.
Sensitivity to hot or cold foods after dental treatment. Dental work may inflame pulp or nerves. Wait 4 to 6 weeks. If the pain continues, see your general dentist.
Sharp pain when biting down on food. Decay, loose filling, or a crack in the tooth. Possible pulp damage. See your dentist for evaluation. If the problem is pulp related, your dentist will refer you to our practice.
Lingering pain after eating hot or cold foods. Pulp damage by deep decay or trauma. See our practice immediately to save the tooth with root canal treatment.

Copyright 1993 American Association of Endodontists

 

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