What Could A Toothache Mean?

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Do you have pain in one or more of your teeth? A toothache could be caused by multiple factors, and may in fact pass with time. However, when one persists for days, this could mean you have a serious problem that needs attention. In today’s blog, your Bedford, MA, dentist is discussing why we recommend having your aching tooth looked at by a dentist!

The Causes of a Toothache

Often, teeth could experience temporary aches caused by sinus or allergy issues, changes in elevation, or even due to a cold chill in the air. However, these pass after only a few hours. If you have pain that persist for more than a day, such as sensitivity when you eat or drink, or a toothache, then you should let us know. This could be caused by a cavity, which forms in the smile due to poor oral hygiene habits and diets high in sugar and starch. Then pain could also be caused by the early stages of infection, or as a result of the damage and subsequent decay caused by teeth grinding. To discover the cause and offer the most appropriate treatment option, we will need to perform an exam.

Your Exam

During your exam, we will use digital technology to capture a detailed picture of your current oral health. We can closely examine each tooth, looking for signs of cavities or infection, or damage from bruxism (teeth grinding). From there, we will decide the best course of treatment. Seeking treatment is very important, as a cavity or infection grows in severity with time, and in some cases, could lead to the loss of your tooth. Even a single missing tooth could mean major negative changes to your smile’s balance and your overall facial structure.

Treating Your Discomfort

If you have a cavity, then our team will like treat the issue in only visit using a filling. Our fillings will be made from metal-free composite reins, which we shade to blend with your smile. The same material could be used in our dental bonding procedure to repair minor chips and cracks as well, and repair damage from teeth grinding. For more severe damage or decay, we could perform a root canal to extract infected tissues, and then cap the tooth with a lifelike dental crown. If you have any questions about how we approach treating issues like tooth decay and dental infection, then contact our team today. Don’t live with a toothache!

Do You Have an Aching Tooth?

Our team wants to offer relief and better oral health with our restorative treatments. To learn more about how we treat the cause of your dental damage and discomfort, then schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.