Treating the Common Causes of Tooth Pain
By Stephen Rogers on December 05, 2015
A toothache can interfere with a person’s life and make it difficult to focus on daily activities such as work or school. It can also be difficult to eat, drink, chew, or even talk when experiencing tooth pain. Unfortunately, tooth pain is often a symptom of a more serious oral health problems. Determining the cause of tooth pain helps our Long Island, NY dentists to restore oral comfort for patients. At Greater Long Island Dental, we will recommend an appropriate restorative dentistry treatment to strengthen the affected tooth and eliminate tooth pain at its source.
What Causes Tooth Pain?
Tooth pain can be the result of a number of different causes. While the degree of tooth pain may vary, it is always important to determine the cause of tooth pain so that it can be treated before it develops into a more serious oral health complication. Below are some of the most common causes of tooth pain:
- Oral injury: An injury to the tooth is one of the most common causes of sudden tooth pain. If the mouth sustains an injury, a tooth may become chipped, cracked, or fractured. Any of these problems may increase tooth sensitivity or cause general pain or discomfort.
- Decay: Tooth decay describes a condition in which bacteria, plaque, and tartar eat away at healthy tooth enamel. While tooth decay does not always result in tooth pain, it can cause increased tooth sensitivity and can also make it uncomfortable for patients to perform basic oral functions.
- Erosion: Like decay, erosion describes a condition in which healthy tooth enamel is destroyed. However, rather than being caused by bacteria, plaque, and tartar, erosion occurs when the pH balance in the mouth is off. An overly acidic oral environment can wear down the teeth and leave them sensitive and vulnerable to pain and discomfort.
- Infection: An infection of the tooth (also known as a root canal infection), or an infection of the gums (gum disease) can also cause tooth pain. These infections can cause tooth enamel and gum tissue to become inflamed, which is likely to result in tooth pain and overall oral discomfort.
Treating Tooth Pain
Over-the-counter pain medications can be helpful in relieving tooth pain, but to truly eliminate the problem, it is important to determine what is causing the pain, and to treat that condition. Our team of experienced dentists offers a comprehensive range of restorative dental treatments that address the common sources of tooth pain. Depending on the cause of tooth pain, our dentists may restore the health, strength, and structure of the tooth through the use of a dental filling or dental crown. Infections can also be treated with root canal therapy or periodontal treatment. Each treatment will be personalized to ensure that pain is eliminated and the tooth is protected from further deterioration or complications.
Schedule an Appointment
Tooth pain is not just a nuisance. It is also likely a sign of a more serious underlying oral health problem. To eliminate pain and protect your overall oral health, it is important to seek treatment when a toothache develops. If you are experiencing tooth pain and would like to know how we can help, schedule an appointment with one of the experienced dentists at Greater Long Island Dental.
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