Many people experience oral pain. However, the cause of that pain varies from person to person. Some people may experience pain due to a cavity while others may feel pain due to a jaw disorder.
Since there are so many reasons you could feel oral pain, it's important to get our professional opinion on the cause.
Though oral pain is a serious issue, not all of it is as serious as others. One thing to note when you feel oral pain is the location you feel the pain at. Many times, the pain will go away and come back. Taking note of the location will help us identify the cause of the pain.
What Types of Oral Pain Are There?
As mentioned above, you can feel oral pain in various places throughout your mouth and face. One common type of pain to feel is a dull pain in the back of the mouth. This pain usually indicates one of two things. First, you may a cavity in a molar. Cavities typically occur on the molars because they handle most of the chewing our food requires, but sometimes they are hard to brush properly. You may also be experiencing this pain because you have wisdom teeth coming in.
Another common type of pain people feel is in their jaw. Sometimes people will mistake this pain for a toothache. However, the biggest difference between jaw pain and tooth pain is the location. If you feel pain below your earlobe, you may have developed a disorder known as TMD or TMJ. This disorder is caused by excessive grinding of the teeth, which stresses the jaw hinge and its muscle.
When you feel any type of oral pain, it's important to call us immediately to set up an appointment. Pain in any part of the body indicates that there's something abnormal going on. The sooner you're able to meet us, the sooner we can start to help you manage your pain.
Century Dental Dr. Jefferson Call, DMD & Dr. Dix Densley, DDS