7 Most Painful Dental Conditions Ever How They Will Kill You
These are the seven most painful dental conditions ever. After watching this, you'll be scared shitless about your next trip to the dentist. Number 7: Dental AbscessA dental abscess is an infection inside the tooth or the gums that's filled with pus.If not treated properly, it has the potential to turn deadly. While there are a few differenttypes of abscesses, they generally all have similar symptoms. The pain involved with an abscess usuallystarts off mild, but can quickly become extremely painful. The pain has been described as athrobbing or shooting sensation. The area in question will also swell up turn red.In more extreme cases, the abscess may spread
to the bones tissue near the teeth, whichcould cause swelling in the face or lymph glands on the neck. The pain will then spreadto the side of the face near the toothache. If a severe abscess were to go untreated,it could eventually spread internally to tissues muscles near the infected area. This spreadcan lead to a dangerous condition known as Ludwig's angina, or an infection occuringon the floor of the mouth. This disease can be deadly as it often restricts necessaryairways. In fact, the name â€œanginaâ€� is derived from the Greek word â€œankhon,â€�meaning â€œstrangling.â€� In addition to feelings of being strangled, the face, neck, headwill also become infected.
It is even possible for people to die froman abscess. Famous fashion designer notorious Nazi supporter Hugo Boss died from a toothabcess in 1948. A 12yearold boy named Deamonte Driver died from a tooth abscess as well whenit spread to his brain. Despite two operations six weeks in the , his life couldnot be saved. The same thing happened in 2011 to 24yearold Kyle Willis when the infectionspread to his brain caused it to swell. In the cases of both Driver Willis, a delayin treatment was due to the fact that neither of them had health insurance. Number 6: Periodontal Gum DiseasePeriodontal gum disease is the result when
gingivitis goes untreated. It appears as inflammation infection around the tooth when severe enough, can cause tooth loss damage to yourbone structure. Once your gums are infected, they begin pulling away from the tooth. Thisspace allows bacteria to form underneath the gums. It'll then progress by badly damagingthe bone structure under the gums usually results in teeth falling out or being removedif not treated properly. Symptoms of periodontal gum disease includesensitive teeth, bleeding gums, swollen gums, loose teeth, painful chewing. It is oftenthe result of smoking, hormonal changes, or a byproduct of other diseases such as diabetesor even AIDS.
Number 5: EdentulismEdentulism is a condition in which one is either completelyâ€”or at least partiallyâ€”toothless.It affects an estimated 158 million people worldwide. As we all can suspect, losing one's teethcan be very problematic. Teeth serve many basic yet important functions such as chewingfood, maintaining speech, supporting your facial structure. Teeth also allow humansto break their food down in a manner that is more digestible through a process knownas mastication. As a result, malnutrition is a very possible side effect, which mayadditionally have a domino effect. Weight
loss, constipation, arthritis have beenknown to occur as well. In the most extreme cases of edentulism, the condition has evenbeen connected to more serious sometimes lifethreatening diseases such as Parkinson'sdisease, heart problems, even cancer. Number 4: TMJ ConditionsTemporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJ, describes a condition in which three importantparts of the mouth experience pain: the muscles that move the jaw, the muscles of mastication, the temporomandibular joints (which connect the mandible to the skull). If left untreated,TMJ conditions can become chronic quite painful.
TMJ and Myofascial Pain Syndrome Animation
The temporomandibular joint â€“ the TMJ isthe joint between the lower jawbone the mandible and the temporal bone of the skull.The TMJ is responsible for jaw movement and enables chewing, talking and yawning. Temporomandibulardisorders, or TMD, refer to a group of conditions characterized by pain in the jaw area andlimited movement of the mandible. TMD may be caused by problems in the joint itselfor in the muscles surrounding the joint. Problems in the joint include: arthritis, inflammationand internal derangements. When the problem is in the muscles, the condition is calledmyofascial pain syndrome. Myofascial pain syndrome is very common andcan occur in patients with a normal temporomandibular
joint. The syndrome is characterized by presenceof hyperirritable spots located in skeletal muscles called trigger points. A trigger pointcan be felt as a nodule of muscle with harder than normal consistency. Palpation of triggerpoints may elicit pain in a different location. This is called referred pain.Trigger points are developed as a result of muscle overuse. Commonly, the muscles of chewing,or mastication, are overworked when patients excessively clench or grind their teeth unconsciouslyduring sleep. The medical term for this condition is â€œnocturnal bruxismâ€�. A trigger pointis composed of many contraction knots where individual muscle fibers contract and cannotrelax. The sustained contraction of muscle
sarcomeres compresses local blood supply,resulting in energy shortage of the area. This metabolic crisis activates pain receptors,generating a regional pain pattern that follows a specific nerve passage. The pain patternsare therefore consistent and are well documented for various muscles.Trigger points in the masseter refer pain to the cheeks, lower jaw, upper and lowermolar teeth, eyebrow, inside the ear and around the TMJ area. Trigger points in the temporalisare also associated with headache and toothache from upper teeth. The main culprits of myofascialpain in the TMJ area are the pterygoid muscles. Trigger points in medial pterygoid refer painto the TMJ region in front of the ear, inside
the mouth and upper outside of the neck. Theymay also manifest as sore throat and difficulty swallowing. Pain from lateral pterygoid triggerpoints can be felt in front of the ear and on the upper jaw.Treatments aim to address bruxism, to relieve muscle spasm and release trigger points. Treatmentoptions include: Therapies: stress management, behavior therapy,biofeedback to encourage relaxation. Dental night guards: Splints and mouth guards to protect the teeth from damage. Medication: pain relievers, muscle relaxants,botox injections. Trigger points release techniques such asneedling and â€œspray and stretchâ€�.