There are a number of different reasons why you may have a toothache. The most common is probably a cavity. During the initial stages of tooth decay, a cavity usually does not hurt. However, if left untreated the cavity grows and begins to affect the nerve, which can be extremely painful. In any case, seeing your Killeen dentist Dr. Gupta to determine the exact cause of a toothache is important so you can receive prompt and proper treatment. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons for tooth pain.
Have you noticed that a certain tooth gives you a sharp pain when you eat or drink something, hot, cold, sweet or highly acidic? This can mean there’s a cavity or it could be a sign of tooth sensitivity, which happens as a result of thinning tooth enamel or gum recession. In either case, your tooth’s sensitive dentin layer may be exposed and transferring pain sensations to the nerve of your tooth. Until you can see your dentist in Killeen, try using a toothbrush with soft bristles and toothpaste made to alleviate the symptoms of tooth sensitivity.
If you have a severe toothache that only seems to happen when you bite down, then you may indeed have a cavity. Dr. Gupta will be able to detect the cavity by either probing for a soft spot in the surface of your tooth or by taking a digital x-ray. The cure, of course, is a tooth-colored filling made of composite resin blended to exactly match the color of your remaining tooth structure.
On the other hand, unbearable tooth pain may also be the result of an infected tooth. This demands immediate attention from Killeen dentist Dr. Gupta. Tooth infection can result when a cavity is neglected. As the cavity grows, bacteria can have access to the interior portion of a tooth, also called the pulp chamber or nerve. When this happens, root canal therapy is needed to remove the infection and preserve the tooth.
Other Causes of Tooth Pain
Sometimes what you think is a toothache may not be one at all. If the pain is spread along your upper arch of teeth, then the discomfort you feel may indicate a sinus infection. In this case, you may want to check with your physician. Other conditions that can make your teeth hurt include, symptoms of TMJ, teeth grinding and clenching, arthritis in your jaw or oral cancer.
Call Your Killeen Dentist Today
If you’ve been experiencing any kind of tooth pain, don’t wait to see what develops. Schedule an appointment today with Killeen dentist Dr. Gupta at ACE Dental.