What Does My Toothache Mean?

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Do you have a toothache that doesn’t go away, but instead grows more severe? If so, then your smile could be suffering from a cavity or possibly the early stages of an infection. Treatment could be necessary to save the tooth and bring relief. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about treating the cause of a toothache.

Causes of Temporary Tooth Pain

Some toothaches could be temporary aches caused by sinus infections, allergy issues, or even changes in elevation. Very hot or cold foods and drinks could be a factor too, as could a partially chilly wind outdoors. However, these aches will pass after a few hours. If you have sensitivity or discomfort that lasts for more than a few hours, such as a day to two, then you should let us know right away.

Cavities and Infection

The outside of our teeth is coated in enamel, a strong material that protects the inner dentin and the pulp, the tooth’s nerve center, from contact with bacteria. However, poor oral hygiene can allow plaque buildup to weaken and erode the enamel, and an injury could damage the enamel. This exposes the dentin and allows a cavity to form. Without treatment, the decay grows in severity until bacteria reach the pulp, allowing a painful infection to form. The warning signs of these issues could include tooth sensitivity and toothaches, as well as pain when you bite or chew. Without treatment, you risk tooth loss or even the spread of infection to other parts of your smile!

Treatment Options

For most cavities, we could offer relief in one visit with a dental filling. We essentially numb the tooth and remove all decay, before applying a lifelike composite resin, which we shade to blend with the tooth. In one visit, you have a lifelike restoration that is safe for people of all ages. If you have an infection, we will use root canal therapy to gently and comfortably extract the infected tissues, before adding a medicated filling and coating the tooth with a dental crown. Again, we take steps to ensure this restoration looks natural.

If you have any questions about how we treat pain in one or more of your teeth, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you enjoy a healthy and comfortable smile today!

Do You Have Pain in a Tooth?

Don’t let your discomfort grow more severe and threaten your smile. If you have any questions about treating an aching tooth, or if you would like to schedule a consultation today, please contact Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.