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What is tooth nerve pain?

Tooth nerve pain can be triggered by food and drinks that are hot or cold, sugary, acidic, or sour. Sometimes it can be severe like a sharp, stabbing pain or as little as a dull toothache. If you avoid those triggering foods, you may be able to help reduce your pain until you are able to be seen by a dentist.

A brief period of tooth sensitivity doesn’t necessarily indicate a dental emergency, but you should see a dentist to diagnose the cause of the pain. In the meantime, you can help prevent and treat tooth nerve pain at home.

Relief and treatment options:

Depending on the cause of your pain, there are several possible dental procedures that can solve the problem. Two of the most common procedures for nerve pain are fillings and root canals.

  • Fillings: If you have nerve pain caused by a simple cavity, a filling is the most common dental repair.
  • Root Canals: A root canal is performed if nerve pain is due to a tooth that is severely infected or decayed. The nerves inside teeth are not essential for healthy tooth function, and a root canal will cure some types of tooth nerve pain.
  • Try using oral care products designed for sensitive mouths.
  • Make sure to avoid very hot or very cold food and drinks. Things that are sugary, acidic, or sour may also cause pain. Avoiding those triggering foods can help ease your pain.

Both adults and children can get this type of pain in their teeth. See a dentist immediately if you have any signs or symptoms. You will likely need a dental exam and an X-ray to find out what’s causing the tooth pain.

Here at Fox Dental, we want to help you with your pain. Contact us today for an appointment. Regular dentist visits help to prevent serious teeth problems before they cause pain. You can prevent the majority of dental problems by flossing, brushing with fluoride toothpaste, and having your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year.