Pain During Chewing: How To Respond?

A toothache is one thing. A sudden zing of sensitivity is another. However, painful chewing … now that can really cause you to go from calm to feeling totally overwhelmed in a split second. What’s it mean, you wonder, and how are you going to be able to get through the week with this very large and concerning challenge? Of course, our Grand Prairie, TX team has all of the answers you need for figuring out what’s happening, determining the best course of action, and solving the issue in nothing flat!

Call Us Right Up!

Painful chewing is a sign that something may be wrong. It might be a fleeting issue that stems from irritation. Or, it may be something to do with functional disorders (like chronic grinding and clenching), decay, infection, physical damage, and the list goes on. Since there are lots of possibilities and all of them require a professional diagnosis and possible treatment, the first response you should have is to contact our team for a dental visit.

Try To Chew On Other Teeth

Of course, if you are dealing with widespread discomfort that is leading to chewing pain in nearly all of your teeth, this will prove too challenging. However, generally speaking, tooth pain is isolated to one or a handful of teeth within close proximity with one another. So, if you can switch to chewing on the other side of your smile until we see you for your dental visit, this will help you leave the affected area alone. Of course, you may also take an over-the-counter pain reliever or rely on a cold compress to help you with limiting discomfort, as well as inflammation.

Pursue Recommended Changes And Treatment

Depending on the particular issue affecting your smile and causing chewing pain, we may have both lifestyle suggestions for you, as well as treatment recommendations. We strongly suggest you immediately follow through with both. Remember that chewing pain can occur as the result of different concerns. You may have a cavity. It could be bruxism. So, maybe we will tell you that you need to improve your dental hygiene and to receive a filling! Or, we might inform you to cut back on caffeine and to receive bruxism treatment. Whatever the case, we will thoroughly explain the cause, the solutions, and how to make optimal changes that will yield a comfortable smile free of problems and free of pain!

Address Chewing Problems Immediately

When chewing is causing you any type of discomfort, our team reminds you to schedule a visit with us as soon as you can. The sooner you address such concerns, the better for your current and long-term oral health. Set up an appointment in Grand Prairie, TX by contacting your dentist at Pecan Tree Dental to schedule a visit at (972) 262-5111.