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5 Causes of Tooth Pain and What You Can Do

Tooth pain can manifest itself in many different ways. For some people, pain comes on suddenly. For others, it is gradual. Some experience sharp, shooting sensations. Others suffer from dull throbbing. No matter what type of toothache you have, your Fairfield dentist can help you find quick relief.

Dr. Gary Horblitt will identify the underlying cause of your tooth pain. If possible, he can offer guidance to help you minimize discomfort at home. Then he will provide in-office treatment to restore your dental function.

Are you experiencing a toothache? Don’t wait! Contact us today for an appointment.

Cause #1: A Cavity

Dental decay is the most common reason for toothaches. 90% of adults over the age of 20 have had at least one cavity. In most cases, your dentist will recommend a filling.  However, if decay is very widespread, you may need a dental crown.

Before you come into the office, a cold compress or over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can reduce your discomfort.

Cause #2: A Dental Infection

When cavities go unchecked, bacteria can move to the tooth roots. At this point an infection will set in. Root canal therapy is the most common treatment for infected teeth. In fact, dentists perform more than 15 million such procedures a year. During treatment, your dentist will clean out your tooth. Then he will restore it with a crown.

Cause #3: Gum Recession

Gum recession is usually the result of periodontitis. When the tissue recedes, tooth roots are exposed. Your teeth may be especially sensitive to cold and heat. If you are diagnosed with gum disease, you may need a deep cleaning. This will eliminate bacteria from your gums. If your tissue loss is dramatic, a gum graft may be necessary.

It is also important to be extra careful about your dental hygiene. This will keep gum disease in check and prevent tooth loss.

Cause #4: A Cracked Tooth

Your tooth could crack if you bite down on something hard. Chronic teeth grinding, or bruxism, can also weaken your teeth. This will make them more prone to structural damage.

Treatment will depend on the extent of the crack. If it only affects the crown of your tooth, your dentist will likely suggest a root canal. However, if the crack goes below your gum line, you will need an extraction. Fortunately, Dr. Horblitt offers several tooth replacement options, including dental implants.

Cause #6: Enamel Erosion

Enamel forms the outer layer of your teeth. It is extremely hard and helps to prevent decay. However, acidic foods and drinks can start to wear it down. Bruxism can also lead to enamel erosion. When this happens, you may experience tooth pain, especially sensitivity to temperature changes.

In mild to moderate cases, your dentist may recommend tooth bonding. Using composite resin, he can cover up the affected areas. For more severe erosion, you may require a crown.

Find Relief from Your Tooth Pain

Whatever the reason for your toothache, we want to help you find relief fast! Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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