IMPORTANT: Aimed at the general public, the Bücco Guide is a general educational guide. Its content presents some of the most common dental practices. However, there are many approaches and philosophies in dentistry and your dentist / specialist will be able to advise you on what he believes to be the most appropriate for your oral health. Do not hesitate to consult a dentist / specialist for more information.
According to the IASP (International Association for the Study of Pain), “pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with, or described in terms of, actual or potential tissue damage”.
It is therefore a subjective phenomenon that can be felt differently by one person or another; each person has an ability to cope with this phenomenon more or less easily.
Dental pain results from the transmission of a message from the brain, having itself received a first message informing it of an anomaly located in the oral cavity.
Dental pain can have different origins: some are local (oral cavity) while others are more distant (sinus, jaw joint, face, etc.) For each cause, different levels of pain appear, depending on whether or not one is late in seeking treatment.
Some of these dental pains may, paradoxically, come from previous dental care, such as the insertion of a filling, for example, or the extraction of a wisdom tooth that has caused some complications.
Any pain must be analyzed and its cause investigated. The dentist, through careful examination, will be able to determine the origin.
Treatments for dental pain are as diverse as the causes. They depend on the type of injury as well as its severity.
At the dentist’s office
In the case of dental pain, your personal care will relieve the symptoms of pain for a while but will not cure you. Only a visit to the dentist can eliminate the cause of the pain in question.
Pain related to abscesses will require a quick visit to the dentist or emergency hospital department.
Smoking can lead to the appearance of white patches on the inside of the cheeks. Painful or not, they could be “leukoplakia” that can turn into cancer. A visit to a dentist for a biopsy is essential.
The absence of treatment for cavities will most likely cause pain that will increase over time. Untreated caries can also turn into an abscess that will deepen until it reaches the pulp. This stage is accompanied by violent pain, occurring in sudden shocks.
It is essential to remember that pain is a wake-up call. Taking it into consideration can prevent serious infections or even tooth loss.
The first risk is to suffer unnecessarily. Then, if we manage to bear the pain, we do not eliminate the cause, which continues to cause damage. This can go as far as loosening the teeth and ultimately losing them.
An untreated bacterial outbreak can spread to the rest of the body through the bloodstream. For some people, this can lead to serious infections such as sepsis or a serious condition such as a heart attack. Fortunately, this only happens among people who have neglected to take care of themselves for a long time.
In addition, another danger that may result from care too late, particularly in the event of swelling due to infection, is the spread of streptococci or staphylococcus aureus, which may cause choking if they develop in the throat, to areas near or further from the initial outbreak.
Finally, some pains do not necessarily affect the areas where they occur. This is particularly the case for jaw pain associated with chest pain. This could be the warning signal of a heart problem.
Dental pain is, in any case, a symptom of an anomaly, possibly an ongoing infection, concerning the teeth or gums.
Prevention is the main weapon to prevent the arrival of infections. Here, it essentially consists of excellent oral hygiene. It is about:
Painful gums (adult)
Sore gums (baby)
Diffuse pain affecting a part of the face (facial neuralgia or trigeminal neuralgia)
Pain in one milk tooth
Pain following extraction of wisdom teeth, impacted tooth
Pain following the extraction of one or more teeth (dry alveolitis)
Pain at pressure
Pain in the salivary glands