Orland Park Dentist Explains How to Describe Tooth Pain and What to do if You Experience a Toothache

Written by Dr. Zaibak on Aug 4, 2014

Jason tried to avoid coming in to the dentist for as long as possible, because he is absolutely scared of dental care. However, once he developed a persistent toothache, he just couldn’t put it off any longer. When Jason got to our Tinley Park dentist office, he was searching for any treatment for the dental pain he’d been experiencing.

There are many kinds of toothaches, but in general tooth pain is the result of exposed or irritated dental nerves. The nerves in your teeth are buried deep in the core of each tooth. Dentin and enamel shield the inner core of your tooth from debris, air, and damage. Sometimes, however, the barrier layers of your tooth break down. This can happen due to:

Cavities—dental infections move through the outer layers of the tooth into the core of the tooth

Injury—if you crack or chip a tooth you may expose your dental nerves

Gum disease—untreated gum disease will begin to damage your teeth and the connective tissues that keep your teeth in place.

So if you find that you’re suffering from a toothache, pay attention to what kind of pain you’re experiencing. You may have unyielding pain that never lets up and feels awful all the time. Or, you may find that you have pain that pulsates or radiates throughout your jaw and head—some patients experience toothaches as ear pain. You could also have pain that ebbs and flows, or flares up particularly when you touch the affected area, eat, or drink.

Luckily, Jason was able to reclaim his dental health with some restorative dental care. Dental technology allows us to reseal many damaged teeth and restore the structure of your smile.

Give our Orland Park dentist office a call to schedule your own consultation or get more information. We’re here to help you achieve optimal dental health that lasts!