You feel the first twinge of a toothache, and you start to panic. Your mind automatically jumps to the worst possible conclusions: You have a severely damaged tooth that will require treatment. You even wonder if you may need to have your tooth extracted. Before you get too upset, remember that there are many reasons for toothaches. Dr. Tang will provide conservative general dentistry services to alleviate your discomfort, and extraction is rarely required. Even if you do need a more extensive procedure, his gentle treatment will involve minimal discomfort. Following proper care, Dr. Tang will provide ongoing preventative dentistry to prevent further damage. To learn more about the common causes of tooth pain, contact our Brookfield, WI practice today.
Suffering Significant Tooth Pain? You May Have a Dental Infection
If you experience sharp pain when chewing, you likely have a dental infection. Other signs of infection include lingering discomfort in response to heat or cold, sores on one area of your gums, throbbing pain, and chronic bad breath. An infection develops when bacteria enter the soft pulp in the center of your tooth. When these tissues are infected, bacteria will travel along the nerves down into your root canals.
In most cases, Dr. Tang will recommend root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, to address a dental infection. After cleaning out the bacteria and infected tissue, your dentist will reshape your tooth and place a soft rubber filling. Then he will restore it with a custom dental crown.
Dental Decay Can Also Cause Discomfort
In the early stages, cavities do not typically cause any symptoms. However, as they grow larger, they can lead to discomfort, similar to the pain of a dental infection. The signs of a cavity can include temperature sensitivity, discomfort when biting and chewing, and pain when eating sugar. If the cavity is still small to moderately sized, a filling will be the most appropriate treatment. For the most natural results, Dr. Tang can provide a tooth-colored filling made from composite resin.
A Dull Ache Can Be the Result of Bruxism
Bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding, can cause discomfort in several ways. The constant pressure on your teeth can lead to a dull pain. Alternatively, you may have a cracked tooth, which can cause similar symptoms to the pain of an infection. If you have a structurally damaged tooth, Dr. Tang will need to repair it before addressing your bruxism. Often, a crown is the best way to treat a cracked or weakened tooth. After restoring your dental function, Dr. Tang can provide a custom-made mouth guard to prevent you from grinding your teeth at night.
Painful Gums? You May Have Periodontitis
Red, sore, and inflamed gums are telltale signs of periodontitis (gum disease). If your condition is advanced, you may also experience tooth pain as your gums start to recede away from your dental roots, causing significant sensitivity. In the early stages of gum disease, a deep cleaning is typically enough to keep the condition from getting worse. In the latter phases, Dr. Tang may refer you to a periodontist for more aggressive care.
Prevention Is the Best Cure
Of course, the most effective way to treat a toothache is to keep it from occurring in the first place. Therefore, routine care, both at home and in the office, is essential. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once, especially after meals. Even if you are vigilant about at-home maintenance, you should also visit Dr. Tang’s office at least twice a year. With regular cleanings, we can eliminate the bacteria, plaque, and tartar responsible for toothaches. We can also look for early symptoms of decay and gum disease before you experience dental pain.
Contact Us for Lasting Relief
If you are suffering from a toothache, we can provide quick, effective care to eliminate your discomfort. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.