When a tooth begins to decay, bacteria can spread and eventually infect your dental pulp. The dental pain symptoms can vary between dull and sharp; in one spot or all over your mouth; chronic or intermittent. When you have sudden dental pain you may find that it is triggered by something such as pressure or extreme temperature exposure. With all of the nerves and tissues in your mouth sharing the same tight spot, it’s no wonder that it may be difficult to ascertain where the pain in your mouth is stemming from. Mansfield dentistsDr. Jones and Dr. Harris, will impart you with knowledge to try to better solve the mystery of the source of your dental pain.

Gum Tissue Abscesses

Occasionally, infection in a tooth or the roots of teeth can spread all the way up to the periodontal ligament. This can end up causing problems with gum tissue, such periodontal pockets resulting in a painful gum abscess. When you present with an abscess of gum tissue or a tooth, you can probably pin-point the source more easily, because the pain will probably be more localized. Infection that starts in the tooth but then spreads to the gums is called a primary endodontic-secondary periodontal problem.

Gum Disease Spreading to Teeth

The reverse situation would be dental pain in your tooth which starts in your gums. Periodontal disease begins as a buildup plaque and tartar along your gumline. The inflammation and infection will eventually result in detachment of the gingival tissues at the tooth surface (i.e. the above mentioned periodontal pocket). If the infection has the opportunity to spread to the end of your tooth and into your dental pulp, you will likely be diagnosed with a primary periodontal-secondary endodontic problem. You are likely to feel this as both a toothache and gum pain.

About Your Mansfield Dentists

Mansfield Dental Associates provide gentle preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental care. If you would like to learn more or to schedule a consultation, call (817) 473-6227. Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris proudly treat patients from Mansfield, South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian and neighboring areas.