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A toothache is a problem that needs to be treated right away, so act fast.
Dealing with dental pain? If so, it’s important that you turn to our Milford, CT, family dentist Dr. Bruce Schechter as soon as possible so that we can determine the cause and treat the issue accordingly. After all, dental problems won’t fix themselves; dental treatment will be necessary in order to preserve the tooth and prevent further damage from happening.
So, what’s going on when there is dental pain? While we won’t be able to determine this without first coming into our office for a thorough evaluation (which may include x-rays to look for issues that we can’t see with the naked eye), there are a couple of things that could be going on. The most common cause of a toothache is a cavity. A cavity, or dental decay, will need to be removed to prevent it from spreading. Once the decay is removed, the tooth will need a dental filling to restore it.
Another cause of dental pain could be physical damage to the tooth such as a fracture or break. A fracture isn’t always possible to see but if you suddenly experience pain and sensitivity in your tooth, especially when chewing or putting pressure on it, then there could be damage present. A fracture can occur due to traumatic injuries such as a bad fall or sports-related accident.
Sometimes if decay or an infection spreads past the hard outer layers of the tooth and affects the dental pulp, or inside structure of the tooth, this can also lead to dental pain. This is because the dental pulp is the part of the tooth that contains nerves, which means that when it’s infected or inflamed you will most likely experience pretty serious and nagging pain. This pain may be severe enough to wake you up at night and it may also get worse when chewing or putting pressure on the tooth.
Dealing with dental pain? Experiencing other issues with your oral health that are a cause for concern? If so, trust in our Milford, CT, dental team to help. We can answer all of your questions and address your smile concerns to make sure that you always get the care you need to maintain perfect oral health.
Experiencing a severe, unrelenting toothache? You may be suffering from an abscessed tooth- an infection at the root of a tooth or between the gum and a tooth. A tooth abscess begins when bacteria invade and infect a tooth. As a result, a pocket of pus is formed which causes painful pressure. Tooth decay is the leading cause of an abscessed tooth, but gum disease and dental trauma can also lead to an infection.
Persistent toothaches that result in throbbing or sharp pain are common symptoms of a tooth abscess. Other symptoms include:
- Pain when chewing
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Feeling of overall uneasiness or illness
- Redness and inflammation of the gums
- Bad taste in mouth or foul smelling breath
If you're experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you'll want to visit Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S. as soon as possible, as an abscess won't go away on its own. Delaying treatment can lead to serious health complications, including tooth loss and the spread of infection to your soft tissues or the jaw bone. An abscess that ruptures or a tooth root that dies as a result of the infection may reduce the pain significantly, but dental treatment will still be necessary as the infection remains active and can continue to spread to surrounding tissues.
Treatment for a tooth abscess may vary depending on the severity of the infection. At Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S. our treatment plan focuses on eliminating the infection, preserving the tooth, and preventing further dental complications.
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is the best way to prevent dental problems that may lead to an abscessed tooth, including daily brushing, flossing and a healthy diet. Additionally, regular visits to our Milford office for cleanings and check ups are also critical for detecting dental problems early.