Tooth Pain Relief
Treatment for Jaw PainAnother common complaint and catalyst for a call to our office is jaw pain. An aching jaw can make it uncomfortable to chew, smile or converse. There is usually a dental problem causing the pain. This is whether it is an issue with the jaw joint or misalignment of your bite. To treat jaw pain, Dr. Curtis will examine your teeth and jaw for the cause of your discomfort and then offer a treatment option to give you relief. Jaw pain can be more complex than tooth pain, but there are remedies to help improve your comfort level.
At what point does tooth pain count as a dental emergency?
Tooth pain that can be handled at home using over-the-counter pain medication, ice, and other home remedies is not usually considered a dental emergency. If your tooth pain escalates to the point where the pain seems unbearable, and nothing you do can reduce or relieve the pain, you will want to give our office a call as soon as you can. If your tooth pain becomes severe and then stops suddenly, that is still considered an emergency situation.
Are tooth and jaw pain connected?
Tooth and jaw pain can be connected. When an infection occurs inside a tooth and it is not treated promptly, it can spread to the jaw, face, and other parts of the body. Dental infections spreading outside of the teeth and jaw is a very serious issue, and we always want to take care of the problem before it gets to that point. If your jaw frequently hurts, but your teeth do not, you could be suffering from TMJ, which is not a dental emergency.
How can I tell if my dental pain is caused by TMJ?
In addition to jaw pain and soreness, TMJ sufferers may experience frequent headaches, jaw clicking and popping, and tension or pain in their ears, face, shoulders, or back. If your teeth are clenching together night after night, serious damage can be caused to the tops of the molars, like chips and cracks. You may also notice your gums receding. If you believe you may be dealing with TMJ or bruxism, please get in touch with our team so we can assist.When you have tooth or jaw pain, contact our office in Mooresville immediately. We will find an appointment that will work with your schedule, with same day appointments available in some cases. Our office accepts several different dental insurance plans. We also have payment options to help you fit an unexpected dental visit into your budget.