Monday, October 21st, 2019
Newmarket Dental office provides treatment for tooth pain and dental problems
You know you have a nasty toothache when you cannot bear the pain anymore and find your way to the dentist to get a solution. There are two types of tooth pain; there is sharp tooth pain that is short and is caused by decay, chipping, cold temperatures or grinding for example. The second type of pain is dull pain which is caused by damage to the nerves inside the tooth. Dull pain is more severe and lasts for a significant period of time. Root canal therapy is used to mitigate dull pain, sometimes extraction is used when the damage is too extensive.
Some of the causes of tooth pain are dental problems such as:
- Cavities– this is the most common cause of tooth pain. Cavities occur when dental enamel is damaged by acids that are formed when plaque bacteria break down sugar in the mouth. This loss of mineral can cause a hole in the tooth leaves the nerves in exposed causing you excruciating pain that only gets worse with further exposure. In order to avoid dental cavities, maintaining proper dental hygiene and reducing sugar intake will go a long way. Once they occur, possible solutions that a dentist will prescribe include filling, crowns or root canals. Extraction is only recommended when the tooth is beyond salvaging.
- Gum diseases– these can affect one or more teeth and are characterized by swollen gums and severe infection. Some of the common gum diseases are Gingivitis which is caused by the build up of plaque on the teeth and Periodontitis which occurs when gingivitis progresses. Maintaining proper dental hygiene will also help prevent this from happening. Other than the dental clean up, other mitigation methods include enamel repair and crest gum detoxification.
- Broken and chipped teeth– broken cusps on teeth will also leave the nerve endings in the tooth exposed causing immense pain when exposed to cold or hot substances. Broken teeth create an enabling environment for further chemical wear of the dental enamel which can lead to more complex tooth issues such as cavities. Broken teeth can be repaired by fixing the fractured tooth with a crown or onlay sooner rather than later before they compound and become more problematic.
- Abscessed teeth- this is characterized by an abscess that forms around the root of a tooth, mostly infected, causing serious pain. This infection happens in the softer parts of the tooth- the pulp. Chances of this happening are higher when the tooth is decayed, cracked or when there is gum disease in the tooth. There are two types of abscess, periodontal which affects the bone next to the tooth and periapical that’s found at the top of the tooth rot. Abscess can travel to different spots through the bone.
Abscess can be treated by draining the pus and taking antibiotics to cure the infection. Other possible treatments include extraction, root canals or surgery to drain the abscess.
Most dental problems are known to be prevented by proper dental hygiene. This and regular dental check-ups will help you catch dental problems early when possible solutions are simple thus preventing further compounding of issues and saving you from immeasurable pain.
The information provided is for general information purposes only and not intended to replace professional care. Please consult your physician or dentist for advice and diagnoses so you can be properly treated for your specific situation.