• 5 Signs a Toothache Is More than a Toothache

    An oral health guide from our Capitol Hill, WA, dental professionals

    Toothaches are no fun for anyone. Not only can the pain be difficult to endure, but it can also signify more serious dental issues. Having a hard time pinpointing your type of pain? Concerned you might be suffering from something more serious? This comprehensive guide from our team at Zen Dental will help you understand your tooth pain symptoms and determine if your toothache signifies a more serious underlying dental complication. Read on to learn about the 5 most important signs a toothache is more than a toothache, and give us a call at (206) 324-1100 to schedule an appointment with our dental professionals today!

    Sharp tooth sensitivity

    This type of tooth pain is only felt when your teeth are exposed to temperature changes, such as eating cold foods or drinking a warm beverage. In the more severe instances, exposure to cold air can even cause symptoms to flare up. The sensation feels like a stabbing pain and can typically mean a cavity or an abscess, but can also be a result of gum recession or brushing your teeth too harshly.

    Sporadic jabbing pains

    If you notice your toothache is less of an ache and feels more like random stabbing pains within one or several teeth, this is usually a telltale sign your pain is due to more than a minor toothache. This pain is usually felt in response to a stimulus or action, such as opening your mouth, eating cold foods, and other activities. The sensation comes and goes, but when it occurs, it is very painful. Almost always an indication of something more than a simple toothache, this type of pain is typically caused by a cavity, crack, or abscess of the teeth.

    Pain when eating

    In cases where you feel pain in your teeth only when you are eating, you most likely are suffering from either a dental fracture or tooth decay. This pain can be subdued by over-the-counter medication, but you do not want to wait too long to see a dental professional, as a damaged tooth will only get worse over time without the help of a professional. Schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to determine the cause of the pain and treat your tooth.

    Dull tooth pain

    Dull pain can be described as a radiating or throbbing sensation in your tooth and the surrounding area, and can range from mild to extreme in severity. Dull toothaches are typically caused by cavities or, in more serious cases, gum disease. This type of pain can make everyday functions like chewing a lot more difficult.

    Pain felt at the back of the jaw

    Feeling pain at the back of your mouth is not as typical as other kinds of toothaches, because it likely indicates you have an impacted wisdom tooth, which is a very common situation. An impacted wisdom tooth means your tooth has been blocked in trying to push through your gums and into your mouth. When your tooth becomes impacted, the gum on top of it can become infected and lead to serious health issues if left untreated. If you are experiencing this type of pain, it is important to schedule an appointment with your dentist right away.

    Suffering from a toothache? Call our dental team today!

  • Signs You Should Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

    An oral health blog post from our Capitol Hill, WA, dental team

    Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that, for most people, develop in their late teens or early twenties. For some, wisdom teeth aren’t a problem: They develop normally and are accommodated by ample room in the mouth. For most, however, wisdom teeth development can lead to a number of unwanted symptoms and oral health concerns. This occurs due to a common phenomenon called wisdom tooth impaction, whereby wisdom teeth become “impacted” and do not erupt properly. This can lead to symptoms of pain and can cause a number of structural concerns for surrounding teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can occur in several different ways — each of which necessitate wisdom teeth removal . In this guide, our dental professionals here at Zen Dental Center outline the signs and symptoms that suggest it may be time to your have wisdom teeth removed. Read on to learn more, and contact our Capitol Hill, WA, dental team at (206) 324-1100 today!

    Do you need your wisdom teeth removed? Look for these signs

    Wondering whether you need your wisdom teeth removed? The best way to find out is to schedule an appointment for X-ray imaging with your dentist. Unfortunately, even impacted wisdom teeth do not manifest signs and symptoms until very late in their development, which is why scheduling X-rays with your dental care provider can help you identify the problem and set up a date for removal before things get worse. In the event you are experiencing symptoms and believe they may be due to impacted wisdom teeth, here’s what to look out for:

    • Jaw pain and stiffness: These symptoms can indicate improper eruption early on and should be followed up with X-ray imaging to determine whether impacted wisdom teeth are the culprits.
    • Pain at the tooth site: If you’re experiencing pain around the area of your wisdom teeth (even if you can’t see wisdom teeth themselves), this is likely an indication that your wisdom teeth are impacted.
    • Swelling in the gum tissue: Feeling like you’re teething again? Noticing swelling around your gums? Your wisdom teeth may be trying to erupt. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to determine whether removal is the right course of action.
    • Evidence of gum disease at the back of the mouth: In some cases, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to gum infection. If you or your dentist notices evidence of gum disease in the back of your mouth, it may be time to schedule imaging to find out in impacted wisdom teeth are to blame.

    To schedule imaging and/or removal surgery, call (206) 324-1100 today!