Tooth pain: what you need to tell your dentist.

Probably the most frustrating thing for both patient and dentist is when the patient has been having dental pain and the dentist is unable to tell them why they were having the dental pain.  The most common reason for this because of the amount of time between the dental pain and the patient’s visit to the dentist.  When we experience tooth pain, it would be helpful to see the dentist right away to determine the cause of the pain and determine the proper treatment.  If this is not possible , the next best thing would be to make notes as to what the symptoms are and then explain them to the dentist on your next visit.

The main things that the dentist needs to know are: 1) the location.  Many times patients can’t remember which tooth, or teeth were hurting, or even which side of the mouth the pain ws  on when they wait to see the dentist; 2) what causes the pain:  Is the tooth painful to hot, or cold, or sweets?;  Is the tooth painful when biting down on hard food?; or other causes. 3) duration.  How long does the tooth hurt when the pain occurs? a few second, 15 minutes, or longer; 4) How long have you been having this pain? once, everyday, or every few days.  5) what makes the pain go away; 56 what type of pain you have been having: a dull ache; a sharp pain; a deep throbbing pain; or some other type of pain; 7) does the pain prevent normal activities: does it prevent you from sleeping soundly; does it hurt when eating, or drinking something; etc.

By making a complete assessment of the symptoms of the dental pain the patient is experiencing and explaining it to the dentist as soon as possible, patients can really helps the dentist in diagnosing and treating the dental problems that the patient is having. Also, the sooner the patient can see the dentist the better.  These two things helps to prevent the problem from becoming worse and it helps to eliminate the frustration of not knowing what may have caused the pain in the first place.

When dental pain occurs, the best thing is to visit the dentist with as many details concerning your dental pain as you possibly can.  If you are unable to see the dentist right away, make detailed notes as to when the symptoms occurred and what the symptoms were.


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