Ouch! A toothache can be one of the most annoying and debilitating kinds of pain. Whether the discomfort is mild or excruciating, you need relief. At Ace Dental, you’ll find the dentist in Killeen who is most compassionate, understanding and well trained to treat any kind of tooth pain. If you have a toothache, please don’t “wait and see” what happens. Contact Ace Dental in Killeen for immediate care.
Types of Toothaches
There are toothaches and then there are toothaches. Some can be easily remedied, while others might require more extensive treatment. Let your dentist decide what is the appropriate course of care for you.
Does your tooth hurt when you eat something hot, very cold, acidic or sweet? If so, then you may have tooth sensitivity. This happens when the hard outer layer of a tooth—called enamel—begins to thin or your gums have receded. In this case, some of the dentin layer below the enamel may be exposed. Your Killeen dentist will first need to examine you teeth to make sure there isn’t anything more serious happening. If not, then we can recommend special toothpaste to help with sensitivity.
Small particles of food can easily become trapped between teeth. The pressure can be uncomfortable or even painful, especially if the food is caught near the gum line. Try using floss to dislodge whatever is stuck. Never use the point of a sharp instrument to remove anything between teeth! The risk of serious laceration is too great. If floss doesn’t work and you’re still uncomfortable, then call our office to schedule an appointment.
Unbearable tooth pain is often the first sign of a tooth that is infected or that has an abscess. Each tooth is made of three layers: enamel, dentin and the interior pulp chamber that is filled with blood, nerve and lymph tissue. This chamber is normally well protected. However, if the tooth is damaged by decay or serious injury, then this interior portion maybe exposed to infection-causing bacteria. As the infection develops, inflammation inside the tooth can be terribly painful.
At this point, your tooth begins to die and a root canal becomes necessary in order to preserve the tooth and prevent the spread of infection. During root canal therapy, the pulp chamber and attached root canals are accessed in order to clean and disinfect the space. The tooth is then filled with an inert material and sealed. A dental crown is finally placed to protect the remaining structure.
Call Our Office Today
No matter what kind of toothache you have, the dentists at Ace Dental want to hear from you. We have offices in Belton, Taylor and Killeen, TX, so the appropriate care to relieve your pain is nearby.