Sharp tooth pain
If you experience a sudden pain in one or more of your teeth when biting down, you may have tooth decay or cavities. There’s a particular type of bacteria that takes sugar from your diet and converts it into acid, which causes tooth decay, or holes in your teeth. When those holes get deep, that causes sensitivity and, eventually, severe tooth pain.
If the pain occurs only once in a while, and isn’t confined to single spot, it’s probably nothing to worry about. If it’s consistent—meaning it recurs for a week or more—you should pay Krengel Dental a visit.
Achy tooth pain
A throbbing or achy pain may be nothing if it only last a day or two, but pain that lasts for more than a week may be a sign you’re grinding or clenching your teeth. Persistent pain accompanied by swollen gums or glands could also be caused by an abscessed tooth—a.k.a. a tooth with a root infection. Only your dentist can tell for sure, so visit us at West Bloomington’s Krengel Dental if that’s the case!
Yellow or stained teeth
You can breathe easy on this one: Stained or yellow teeth are almost never a sign of serious dental concerns. These stains develop from drinking coffee, tea, wine, or other dark or staining liquids. Whitening toothpastes, strips, or a trip to your dentist can solve the problem. At Krengel Dental, we also take cosmetic steps to remove those stains.
Loose or suddenly crooked teeth
If your teeth feel loose, become crooked, or fall out altogether, you probably don’t need a dentist to tell you there’s a big problem! This is typically the result of periodontal disease, which causes bone loss around your teeth and jaw.
If you’re not cleaning your teeth properly (that means brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and getting cleanings from your dentist twice a year), bacteria on your teeth will form a thin film called plaque. Continue your poor dental habits, and that plaque will eventually harden into tartar, which can spread into your gums and, eventually, the bones around your mouth. Come see us immediately regarding any loose or newly crooked teeth.
If your gums or the sides of your teeth hurt when you breathe in cold air, or drink hot or cold liquids, it could be a cavity. It could also mean your gums have drawn back, exposing the roots of your teeth. This can occur because of bacteria, clenching or grinding your teeth, or brushing too forcefully with a hard-bristled toothbrush. If red or white spots appear with the pain, however, they could be relatively harmless irritations caused by certain foods, drugs, or even improperly fitted dentures or mouth guards, In some cases, they could also be signs of oral cancer. If the spots linger for more than a week, have Dr. Krengel check them out.