When you have a toothache, this can cause serious discomfort and impacts your daily life in a negative way. Without treatment, this could also threaten the stability of the tooth. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about the causes of a toothache, and looks at how we can bring relief to your smile.
Sometimes, a toothache develops that isn’t related to the health of your smile. For example, temporary aches could occur due to sinus infection or allergy issues. Changes in elevation, such as riding in an airplane, could mean discomfort, as could a cold winter wind. However, these will pass after only a few hours. If you have pain that lasts for more than da day, then you need to see our team for an exam. Otherwise, you risk the onset of advanced decay or infection, which could in turn lead to tooth loss and worsening pain!
Cavities form when the outer enamel can no longer protect the inner layers of dentin. For example, poor oral hygiene, such as improper brushing and flossing or infrequent exam and cleanings, could leave the enamel vulnerable to plaque buildup which weakens it. Cavities then form, which will continue to grow and spread unless treated with a dental restoration. When you have pain in a tooth, let us know right away. Better yet, be sure to attend your checkups and cleanings every six months so we can identify concerns in the early stages, often before you experience discomfort, and treat them.
Prevention and Treatment
To prevent a toothache, be sure you brush for two minutes in the morning and again at night, and floss every evening. Be sure you use a fluoride toothpaste too, as this helps strengthen outer enamel. Cut back on sugary and starchy foods and drinks, as these feed harmful oral bacteria. Be sure to see us every six months for a dental exam and a dental cleaning. We then monitor your smile for signs of trouble and address them early. We can also remove all plaque and tartar buildup to prevent cavities, as well as gingivitis and gum disease too.
Our treatment could include fillings, in which we use a composite resin we can shaded to blend with the smile to treat tooth decay and bring relief, all in a single visit. For more severe cases, we could use a crown or a root canal followed by a crown, to treat and restore the tooth.
Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Treating Toothaches
Our team wants to help you enjoy a healthy and comfortable smile. For more information on bringing relief to your smile, contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234.