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Is odontalgia keeping you up at night?

Is odontalgia keeping you up at night?

Most of us have heard and some of us have witnessed odontalgia, but do you know the science behind it?

If you ever had to be at the bearing end of odontalgia that kept you up all night, this post is especially for you.

Atypical odontalgia, also known as atypical facial pain, phantom tooth pain. Over time, the pain may spread to involve wider areas of the face or jaws.

Odontalgia or a toothache affects almost every individual once in their lifetime. On a pain scale from one to ten, odontalgic pain can sometimes even reach a score of nine.

But why do some individuals suffer from such severe toothache?

People who have witnessed this complains mostly of pain when having something sweet or pain on an encounter with cold water or sometimes even spontaneous pain.

Our tooth is composed of three layers-

       Enamel (Outermost)

       Dentin ( Middle)

       Pulp (Innermost)

Enamel is the outermost layer, which protects the other two structures dentin and pulp. Consumption of acidic drinks, abrasives, wrong brushing methods or gastrointestinal reflux disorder (GERD) can lead to wear of enamel and exposure of inner layers.The inner layer dentin is sensitive, on exposure to cold and sweet, it sends out sensations which can last from few seconds to few hours. At this stage, if proper treatment is not rendered further complications can arise.

If further decay occurs in dentin, the innermost layer, pulp becomes inflamed and infected. Odontalgia that is felt during night time is due to change in pressure that happens during the sleeping position at this stage.

Odontalgia of this origin does not require any triggering factor and can last for a long time. This is the most painful variant of dental pain and if not treated on time can lead to serious health complications.

The main cause of odontalgia is neglect. Treatment done at the proper time can prevent the occurrence of odontalgia.

Check out how you can prevent odontalgia and maintain optimal oral health.

10 ways to get naturally healthy teeth.

Dr. Nisha Kumar

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