November 10, 2015
Like any dental health concern, it’s important to diagnose and treat toothaches as soon as they occur. In many cases, toothache is a sign that dental damage has reached an advanced stage. If you’re experiencing even a mild toothache, the Curtis Family Dentistry team encourages you to schedule an appointment right away. Dr. Curtis has extensive training in emergency dental care having spent 2 years in a hospital residency, and we offer patients superior, same-day emergency dental care. We assist patients in managing pain, treating the causes of dental damage, and restoring their smiles quickly and effectively.
Toothache Causes and Treatments
Toothaches have many underlying causes, and often, the treatment depends on what initiated the pain. Some of the common causes of toothache and their treatments include:
- Root canal infection – infection of the interior of the tooth, pulp, sometimes caused by abscess, but also occurs as the result of severe decay or dental trauma. Root Canal therapy involves the removal of infected pulp which is replaced with gutta percha. The affected tooth is covered with a dental crown to support and protect remaining dental structure.
- Abscessed tooth – a severe infection in the gums and roots of teeth often leads to the necessity for root canal therapy in addition to antibiotics, draining infection, or tooth extraction to remove the infected tissue.
- Damaged restoration – fillings, crowns, inlays, onlays, or other restoration treatments become lose, cracked, and damaged over time causing toothache. Restoring or replacing the damaged restoration typically removes toothache.
- Gum disease – periodontal (gum) disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among US adults, and some toothaches (especially while eating) may actually be caused by irritation or infection in the gums. Treatments for gum disease varies based on the extent of damage. A more thorough cleaning may remove mild infection, but scaling and root planing procedures or surgery may be required in more advanced cases.
- Dental wear – for patients who unconsciously grind and clench teeth, dental wear leads to tooth chips and cracks, or broken dental restorations. Treatments for teeth grinding include wearing mouthguards, changing sleep routines, and decreasing caffeine intake.
Contact the Dentist Bridgeport Relies on – Curtis Family Dentistry
If you have a toothache, need a dental restoration repaired, or are ready to schedule an appointment, contact Curtis Family Dentistry today. Our friendly Bridgeport dental team is happy to schedule same-day emergency appointments for patients of record, and offer pain management tips until you can reach our office.
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