What Causes Dental Pain? [BLOG]
Keeping your mouth clean and your smile looking great is only part of what we do here at Parkway Dental. We can also help you find viable solutions for problems like dental pain. The truth is that, If you’re teeth or gums are hurting, something is definitely amiss. As such, you’ll need a team of qualified oral health professionals to get to the bottoom of it and get you out of dental pain ASAP.
At our Snellville GA dentist’s office, we have the kind of compassionate care you need to get back on track. We’re focused on your comfort first and foremost. If you’re currently in pain or need services right away, give us a call at [phone]. Otherwise, keep reading to see a few examples of how we can handle painful dental emergencies, and then get in touch to request your next easy appointment.
Cavities Are Often The Culprit
As you might have guessed, dental decay is one of the recurring problems we treat in our office. Most Americans will have cavities at some point in life. This condition arises whenever the decay eats through the enamel of the tooth. You see, each tooth is different, and everyone has different pain tolerance. Patients can have sensitivity from small cavities, and from big cavities. A small cavity can usually be restored quickly with a tooth-colored filling. This filling material matches the natural shade of your smile and serves to strengthen the tooth in question.
Did you know that tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body? True story! It protects your dentin, dental pulp, and nerves. Whenever an infection isn’t stopped, it can make its way to the root or dental pulp. Infected dental pulp or an abscess at the root of the tooth can cause significant pain or discomfort. This infection also needs to be stopped or it can spread to other teeth. Root canal therapy eliminates the infection from the root. After a root canal, we’ll use a dental crown to protect the tooth. A crown will make the tooth functional for years to come. COntrary to popular belief, a root canal treatment removes pain, it never inflicts more pain.
Gums Are Sensitive Too
While the teeth tend to be the stars of dentistry, gums are every bit as important to your smile. Gum sensitivity or bleeding gums are symptoms of a serious problem known as gum disease. It’s the #1 cause of tooth loss and can get extremely uncomfortable if left undiagnosed or untreated. It’s estimated that half of all adults 30 or older will struggle with gum disease, and that percentage rises to 70 percent for those 65 and older. Gum disease is also linked to more serious health problems like heart disease and diabetes.
So, how can we help with this issue? Parkway Dental is helping patients overcome gum infections with nonsurgical root planing and scaling. This is when we remove bacteria and tartar from beneath the gum-line to stop the infection from spreading throughout the mouth and the rest of your body.
Grinding And Clenching Can Really Hurt
If you grind your teeth or clench your jaw, you are in good company. There are millions of Americans who grind or clench their teeth every night. This is an involuntary act that often leads to tooth pain, headaches, ear pain, jaw pain, gum recession, even dental fractures or breaks. People with clenching or grinding often have TMD, aka temporomandibular joint dysfunction. This joint is employed every time we eat, laugh, speak, or even smile. For most of us that can be hundreds of times each day that we must rely on it.
In order to take the pressure off that joint, we can design a special oral appliance for you to wear at night. The appliance prevents the teeth from touching while you sleep. Our patients find the appliance comfortable and easy to use. It’s also easy to travel with, so it’s great for patients who are constantly on the move.
Don’t Delay, Call For Relief Today!
If you have tenderness in your mouth or you are in near-constant dental pain, you need to address the underlying issue as soon as possible. These things never just take care of themselves. But don’t worry, we’ll make it easy for you. In fact, all you have to do now is call Parkway Dental in Snellville, GA at 770-676-1122 or fill out our online form to schedule your easy appointment.