When you have a toothache, this could mean your smile has developed a major cavity, or possibly entered the early stages of a dental infection. Ignoring the pain or trying to ease it with over-the-counter pain relievers could allow the decay to grow and risk the stability of your tooth. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about treating the causes of your toothache.
The Common Causes of Toothaches
Why do we have pain in our teeth? In some cases, temporary aches could be the result of changes in elevation, cold winter winds, or sinus and allergy issues. These pass after a few hours however. If you have aches or sensitivity when you eat and drink that last for more than a day, then this could indicate the possible presence of a cavity or passively the early stages of infection. You should see us right away for a diagnosis, so you avoid worsening pain and the risk of tooth loss! We can offer treatment in only one visit.
Treatment with a Filling
A dental filling is a common procedure used to treat cavities. However, instead of metal we use a composite resin. This is safe for people of all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens and adults, and can be shaded to blend with the tooth seamlessly. Placement begins with a local anesthetic to ensure your little one is comfortable. We also have sedation for more nervous children. We then remove decay and thoroughly clean the tooth. We apply the composite resin in several layers, and then sculpt the tooth as it cures under a light. Finally, we polish the teeth for a much brighter appearance. All of this takes only one sitting!
Avoiding Dental Discomfort
To help prevent aching teeth, be sure you and your family are all brushing your teeth in the morning and at night for two minutes, and always using a fluoride toothpaste each time. Flossing every evening is critical too, as is a diet low in sugar and starch. Be sure you see our team for a checkup and cleaning too, so we can keep a close eye on your smile and also remove all plaque and tartar buildup before this threatens your smiles. If you have any questions about avoiding toothaches and pain, or about how to prevent and treat cavities, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Avoiding Dental Pain?
We want to help you maintain good oral health and a comfortable smile. If you have any questions about protecting your oral health, 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.