If you have ever experienced tooth pain you will be all too aware of how unpleasant and debilitating it can be. Dental pain can be caused by a number of factors. One of the most common is enamel erosion. Enamel is the top layer of the tooth that is there to protect the more sensitive dentine and dental nerve that form the inside part of the tooth. If the enamel is eroded by decay or general wear it can expose the more sensitive parts of the tooth to extremes of temperature and bacteria. This will cause sensitive teeth, which can involve very sharp pain that makes eating, and especially drinking, very difficult.
If enamel erosion has occurred to a more serious extent, it could result in a tooth infection. Cavities in the tooth enamel caused by plaque acid can lead to bacteria penetrating into the tooth and causing infection. This infection will attack the dental nerve, eventually killing it if not treated in time. The dental nerves are very sensitive and can be extremely painful if subjected to infection. Some patients assume that when the dental pain has gone the problem is resolved. This may not be the case but simply occur as a result of the root dying. The infection may still be present and spread to other teeth in the mouth and even enter the bloodstream. This is why it is so important to see a London W1 dentist as soon as you experience any dental pain.
Dental pain can come in many varieties. It can be dull and throbbing or sharp and intense. It can also be acute and chronic. It can treated with over-the-counter medication and painkillers but it is always recommended that you see a dentist rather than trying to treat the pain yourself. Dental pain is often very progressive and will become more severe over time. Acting fast and with appropriate treatment from a dentist will hopefully allow you to avoid and further pain.