Toothache Treatment and Prevention

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012, 9:44 pm

Toothache pain is tough to deal with, both from the point of view of the patient and the dentist who is diagnosing the cause. The top reasons for toothaches are cavities, sometimes gum disease, but there are many other causes for oral pain. An full examination, including x-rays, is needed to diagnose the cause of the pain and decide the best course of treatment to relieve the discomfort.

In most cases the examination will show obvious  decay or an abscess that is the cause of the pain. Sometimes the cause may not be obvious and the detective work begins. At times the tooth that the patient is complaining about is healthy and it is an adjacent tooth causing the pain!

We also look at recent dental restorations.  Perhaps the reason for the pain is a crown or a filling that is not in proper alignment with the other teeth -  chewing on an improper bite can irritate the nerves and cause a toothache type pain. In some cases the pain is due to an improper bite or grinding of the teeth which causes pain and damage to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

In extremely rare cases toothache pain may not be caused by a problem with the teeth, gums or jaw but instead could be a symptom of heart disease (angina or heart attack), ear infection or even a sinus problem. If we are unable to discover a dental cause for the discomfort you may be referred to your physician to make sure no underlying medical condition could be causing the pain. Your overall well being is of the utmost importance to us.

The good news – most toothaches are caused by cavities and can easily be remedied by removing the decay and placing an appropriate restoration such as a tooth colored filling or crown. To avoid experiencing a toothache remember to schedule regular visits with your dentist and have all needed dental care completed as soon as possible — waiting until later to have that crown or filling replaced can lead to needing more expensive treatment such as root canal therapy or tooth loss. If you have put off treatment because of anxiety or fear of the dentist remember that sedation dentistry can allow you the treatment you need while you are completely relaxed.

Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your appointment. Toothaches never seem to happen during regular office hours so please don’t hesitate to call if you have an emergency.

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