What Is Causing Your Toothache? It is important to not delay the treatment of a toothache. When your mouth is hurting it is telling you that something is wrong and in need of urgent attention. If you experience tooth pain that has lasted longer than two days or has been accompanied by a fever or swelling it is very important that we see you as soon as possible.
What Are The Causes Of A Toothache Knowing what’s wrong is the key to knowing what to do about it. Below are some of the most common causes of toothaches and what needs to be done take care of them. Our goal is always to get you feeling better as soon as possible.
Tooth Decay Cavities are very common – over 90 percent of adults will have a cavity at some point in their lives. But when a cavity begins to hurt, it is on a more serious level. Cavities do not normally cause discomfort until they reach the root of your tooth. Your roots are full of nerves and blood vessels. Infection can quickly spread and cause serious pain. Pain caused by an infection to the root of the tooth can only be treated with a root canal. A root canal will relieve your pain and have you feeling better quickly. You won’t feel any pain during the procedure, we completely numb the area.
Dental Abscesses When you do not receive treatment on an infected root fast enough it can become a very dangerous situation. The infection can spread from your tooth into your gums and bone. This often leads to the formation of an abscess. An abscess is a pocket of infection that causes very intense pain. If you have an abscess, the toothache comes along with a fever and swelling. As mentioned, an abscess is a dangerous condition that requires immediate treatment. In many cases we can drain and treat an abscess with a root canal. However, in some cases the tooth may need to be extracted to fully remove the infection.
Gum Disease Gum disease that causes pain is usually due to an advanced condition. With gum disease pain you may also notice gum recession, gum inflammation, and more exposed tooth roots. While we can treat gum disease at an advanced stage, but it is very important that we see you as soon as we can. If left untreated, gum disease will result in the loss of your teeth and can cause very serious damage to your bone structure. When one tooth is lost to gum disease it usually means that there will be more to follow.
Traumatic Damage Depending on the injury you might notice a damaged tooth but you also may not. It is easy for a fracture to be so small that it is impossible to notice. When that happens you will have pain, but you might not be able to see any injury at all. Trauma to a tooth, no matter how small, needs to be treated to prevent further infection and damage. We can fix damaged teeth in a number of different ways. Whether it’s just a veneer or bond that repairs the damage or the need for a full crown, we can treat you.
Early Treatment Is The Key! No matter what is causing your toothache the key to recovery is early treatment. Don’t wait around for the discomfort to go away – in many cases it will just get worse! We are ready and able to relieve your pain and repair the damage.
Call Tanner Family Dentistry at 307-875-7770
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Devin K. Tanner DDS 220 Shoshone Ave, Green River, WY 82935 (307) 875-7770