When you have a tooth that aches, this could cause problems for your daily life, and also indicate the presence of a serious oral health problem. Which is why we want to see you for an exam and possible treatment! In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about the risks of an untreated toothache.
The Dangers of a Toothache
While some aches could be caused by sinus infections, allergies, or even changes in elevation, an ache that persists for more than a day could be a sign of a cavity. The discomfort will worsen with time, and without treatment, the decay could cause a painful dental infection. The infection could then mean the risk of tooth loss! Once your tooth begins to ache or feel sensitive when you eat or drink, this means the cavity has reached a more advanced stage, and the risk of infection and abscess is much higher. Be sure to see us right away, so we can protect your smile from painful symptoms!
The Exam and Treatment Plan
We start by talking to you about your smile and your oral health habits. We then use detailed digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to gain images of the teeth to identify the cavity and assess the severity. From there, we can create a treatment plan to bring relief and protect the smile. Every smile is different, which is why we offer a personalized treatment plan to stop discomfort and safeguard the smile as a whole.
Fillings and Preventive Measures
For some, we will treat the cavities with a dental filling. Instead of metal, we use a composite resin that combines glass-like and acrylic particles. This is a strong and durable material; one we can shade to blend with the rest of your tooth. Placement only takes one visit! For more severe cases, we could place a crown, again crafted from durable and lifelike materials. If the tooth is already infected, we could use a root canal to gently extract the infected tissues before adding a filling material and capping it with a dental crown. Ro prevent the onset of cavities, be sure to brush and floss daily, cut back on your sugary and starchy foods and snacks, and see us for a checkup and cleaning every six months.
If you have any questions or if you want to schedule a visit, then contact our team today.
Let’s Keep Your Smile Healthy
We’re ready to ease your discomfort and offer relief with a custom restoration. If you have any questions about addressing your smile’s discomfort, 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.