Oh my God, I have never had this kind of pain. I am in tears. Please help me.
(Oh, by the way I have no money)
Dental pain that no one wants. We can deal with it, fix it and prevent it. Dental pain can wake you up at night. It can stop you from enjoying your food and better quality of life. It can stop you from doing your daily tasks or even your attention to your tasks at work.
First, how do you fix it? Regular check ups do prevent any small problems from developing into pain.
Why does a tooth or your mouth hurt? Dental pain usually starts with tooth decay or gum disease. Tooth decay starts by bacteria and the acids that they deposit breaking the surface of the enamel. This enamel breakdown continues into the lower layer called the dentine. Once decay had extended into the dentine, it progresses at a faster rate. It is at this time that teeth may give you signals that the tooth is damaged. You will get short, sharp pain signals when you drink liquids, hot or cold, when you eat sweets or when you chew certain foods.
DO NOT IGNORE THESE SIGNS
A simple dental procedure at this time can save money and pain in the future.
Gum disease pain comes from accumulations of tartar which is calcified mineral salts from your saliva. Tartar is hard like barnacles on a boat. Periodontal disease (gum disease) is most often not painful at the beginning. The disease evolves silently until it attacks in an acute and intense pain. This usually appears as a severe infection. Perio infections are quite uncomfortable. Swelling, pain to pressure or chewing will be felt. At this stage antibiotics are necessary. Then a complete cleaning with a dental hygienist is the first step to healing. When you receive a cleaning it is not like cleaning your teeth at home. The hygienist will remove the hardened tartar with hand scaling instruments or with a warm water Cavitron. This is a small instrument that vibrates the tartar off the tooth. Tartar cannot be removed by simply using a toothbrush. As long as there is saliva and food in the mouth there will be tartar. You need to see your dentist on a regular schedule to prevent this from happening again. This is why you are always asked to return every six months for regular check ups and cleanings.
The broken tooth is a surprise. You cannot predict this. When it happens you can avoid the pain by avoiding chewing on that side. Sometimes the discomfort goes away when the break is clean. However if left unrepaired the tooth enamel may develop decay that leads to pain and abscesses in the future. It is a simple repair at the dentist and getting it repaired as soon as possible only prevents future problems.