What Information We Need When You Come See Us Due to Pain
Posted on 6/10/2019 by Dr. Shaun Rai
When you have pain anywhere in your body, you have a few options. You can try to treat the pain on your own. There are plenty of home remedies and over-the-counter medications that can take care of the pain. Many times, this is all you need. Another option is to ignore the pain. Some people can do this, but not everyone can.
That leads people to the option of seeking help. If the pain is in the mouth, our office is ready to offer you help. If you tried home remedies or over-the-counter products and only got temporary relief, we may help you come up with a permanent solution. To do this, we need to learn more about the pain.
Some Basic Information The first thing we would need is some basic background information. We want to know when the pain began and how long it has been a problem. We would want to know the last time you saw a dentist or if you notice any other symptoms besides the pain. This information can help us determine how serious the problem is.
More Specific Information After getting the basic background information, we need to find out more specific information about the pain. We need to know where the pain is. We will ask if the pain radiates from one place to another. If you have pain in a tooth that radiates to your ear it is sign of a potential problem with root canals.
We also want to know what type of pain it is. Some of the ways to describe the pain include a constant, dull ache while other people experience sharp twinges of pain that come and go. We want to know if the pain has gotten worse over time.
When we ask people to give us this type of information to describe their pain and what they have done about it, our goal is not to embarrass the individual. It is to give us the best information to determine the cause of the pain and to determine the best course of treatment to alleviate the pain.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.