Molar teeth are the teeth located at the back of our jaw. We have different sets of molars as we grow up, namely the first molar, second molar and the third molar (wisdom tooth). The third molar is one of the frequent causes of molar pain.
Your third molar grows out at the age of 16 to 30 years old. There is no definite and specific third molar will grow out.
Whenever the teeth grow, the range and degree of pain ranges from no pain to extremely painful. Painful teeth will need a more detailed investigation and might need treatment.
What are the causes of molar pain?
The causes of molar pain is multifactorial. It could be infections, growing of the third molar and a few other causes.
Some of the common causes of molar pain are:
Tooth abscess may be caused by bacterial infection through calculus or cuts into the gum and this could cause pain in the specific part of the gum or generalized gum pain. This type of pain can be relieved by analgesia and also antibiotics treatment to kill the bacteria.
Decaying teeth is one of the main causes of tooth pain in general. It is caused by poor dental hygiene and we can see decaying tooth cases in young children and as well as elderlies. When this happens, there will be a cavity present and you may feel a pain or throbbing sensation. The decaying teeth are prone to get inflamed and this condition is called pulpitis. Pulpitis needs to be treated as soon as possible as this inflammation can cause bacterial infection and later damage the mouth and tooth.
Sensitive teeth occur when the tooth tissue called dentin is exposed to the external environment. This can cause a slight discomfort whenever you drink hot or cold beverages. Dentin is exposed as a result of worn fillings, tooth decay and cracked teeth.
What are the symptoms of molar pain?
Often times, the individual only experience pain and discomfort, but however, it could also be accompanied by other symptoms, such as:
- Pain near the ear
- Pain on chewing
- Pain in the gum or teeth
- Swelling of the gum (sometimes it is visible on the cheeks)
- Pain worsen at night
- Sensitive to hot and cold beverages
The pain degree and severity is depending on the individual’s gum and teeth condition and also pain tolerance. Some are relieved by taking a simple analgesia and others might need a stronger analgesia. The pain is managed based on the causes; if it is caused by an infection, antibiotics will be prescribed, fillings is done to a tooth with cavities and also molar extraction might be done in some individuals with an impacted molars.
Therefore it is important to recognize molar pain and oral related pain as the teeth are an important asset in everyone. Your smile plays a huge role and leaves various impressions on different people. Taking care of your dental hygiene is as important as your general physical health.