Tooth pain? Don’t wait!! We see all too often people in pain. Today I will give you symptoms and some possible causes of tooth pain. In all cases it would be best to pop in and see our experienced team for us to take a look or possibly an x-ray as early detection can save you emotionally, physically and financially in the long run. The best time to treat dental problems is BEFORE they cause any pain. Both types of dental disease we commonly treat (cavities and gum disease) are PAINLESS in the early stages! That's why we stress the importance of regular preventative hygiene appointments. Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and liquids may indicate a dental problem that we can catch early. Such sensitivity may be due to gum recession, teeth grinding, a loose filling or an area of active decay. Sensitivity to hot or cold foods or liquids after dental treatment Sensitivity may be due to inflammation of the nerve inside the tooth and should settle down within a few days. If it doesn't you should contact your dentist. Sharp pain when biting down may indicate a cracked tooth, a loose filling or active decay – any of these problems need to be seen too straight away. Once there is damage to the nerve of a tooth, extensive treatment is often required to save the tooth. Lingering pain after eating hot or cold liquids or food probably means that the nerve is inflamed or dying due to physical trauma or deep active decay. Severe and constant pain often indicates that a tooth may have an infection/abscess that has spread from the nerve of the tooth into the surrounding tissue and bone which may cause swelling. In all cases of tooth or jaw pain and discomfort see our team at the dental lounge for diagnosis and treatment. Remember, prevention is better (and often cheaper) than a cure!