My family's dental health is important to me. Unfortunately for me, it is not as important to my little ones. Getting my kids to brush and floss on a daily basis is almost like taking on an obstacle course. I talked to my family's dentist about different methods I could try to encourage them to brush and floss on a regular basis. Some of the tricks worked, some did not. After some experimentation and talking to other parents, I was able to come up with a lot of great tips for helping kids care for their teeth. I started this blog to help other parents get creative when it comes to their kids and dental care.
Oral pain isn't just uncomfortable, but it can also be nagging. This is true whether the pain is located in a tooth in the front or back of your mouth. However, this type of pain can be even more intense when the source of the pain is located under your dental bridge. If you are experiencing this type of pain, understanding some of the causes and what you can do to resolve the issue can be helpful.
Incorrect Bridge Fit
One reason you might be experiencing pain in a tooth under your bridge is an incorrect fit of the bridge. This is especially true if you recently had the bridge installed. If your bridge is fitting too tightly, it can press up against the tissues that surround your teeth. If the bridge is fitting too loosely, the bridge can rub against the tissues. Both of these incidents make your gums sensitive.
Since it can be difficult to differentiate gum pain from tooth pain, many people assume that the source of the pain is their teeth when in actuality it's their gums. Your bridge needs to fit snugly and firmly in place. If you are experiencing this type of issue, it's a good idea to visit your dental provider to check the fitting of your bridge, as the discomfort will only get worse.
Insufficient Oral Care
Caring for the teeth under your bridge can be challenging, but it is very important. Given the design of a bridge, it's much easier for food particles and bacteria to get stuck under the bridge and around your teeth than they would normally. If you are failing to clean this area as a part of your daily oral care regimen, plaque can quickly build up, eventually leading to a cavity. The cavity will lead to decay and ultimately, discomfort.
Dealing with this issue requires you to be more diligent when it comes to your oral health. This is best accomplished by not just ensuring that you are brushing and flossing properly, but also by avoiding foods with a high sugar content. If you do in fact have a cavity, you need to have it treated first before the pain will subside.
While it's helpful to educate yourself on this matter, make certain you are also seeking care from a local dental provider, like James L Rutledge DDS, MAGD. A dental provider will be able to examine you, find the exact source of the pain and provide an effective treatment program.