As you likely know on instinct but may also want to hear, definitively, from our Overland Park, KS dental team: Chewing shouldn’t hurt! So, when it does, your number one priority becomes answering the question, “What should I do?” Is something terribly wrong? Should you be able to fix the problem at home through your own efforts in dental care? In short, we always suggest you skip any approach to DIY (do it yourself) solutions and that you instead come to our office just as soon as possible for a checkup. So, that’s the first thing you should do. As for what may need to happen to improve your chewing concerns, get some answers now with introductory details!
When It’s Just One Tooth
When you notice that just one single tooth hurts when you chew, we remind you that this is usually a sign that something is wrong with that particular tooth. Might it be aggravated from something you did earlier in the day? Sure! However, if every time you chew, you’re experiencing discomfort, it’s a signal that you need to let our team know what’s going on. Pain that persists may point to a cavity, infected tissue, etc. The good news is that by coming in, receiving a checkup, and then agreeing to the required dental care, such as a dental filling, you’ll be back to comfortable chewing in a jiffy!
When It’s Lots Of Teeth
If you’re dealing with chewing pain that affects not just one tooth but a lot of teeth, then you may be looking at bruxism disorder or general sensitivity. Remember, when you grind and clench your teeth chronically, it wears down your enamel. This brings nerves closer to the surface, which makes teeth more sensitive. By coming in for care, we can help with whatever is leading to your discomfort, so you can chew without complaint very soon!
When It’s More About Your TMJs
Maybe your chewing pain has less to do with your smile and more to do with that aching, popping, and scraping going on within the sides of your face. Those sensations are likely linked to TMD (TMJ disorder). You need treatment to let those joints and the surrounding tissues rest, so you can chew with ease.
When Gums Feel Tender
Are you experiencing some serious tenderness in your gums when you chew? If so, make a bee line for our practice to receive gum disease dental care. Procrastination will leave the door wide open for serious damage, so see us right away!
Let Us Know About Chewing Problems
Take the time to call our friendly practice and to set up an appointment with us, when you recognize that your chewing isn’t feeling like it usually does. Address the issue ASAP for a speedy return to oral health. To learn more, or to schedule your consultation, call Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS, today at 913-381-2600.