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Tooth pain has many causes. Here at Your Family Dentist in Peoria, AZ, Dr. Yati Yadav can uncover the problem behind yours. You may need root canal therapy or another restorative service.
Your oral health
Its greatest enemy is bacteria. It can invade your tooth enamel and gum tissue, causing:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Tooth loss
- Dental abscess (infection)
However, there are other reasons for dental pain, including:
- A cracked tooth
- Foreign material lodged between teeth
- Dental sensitivity from thin enamel, recessed gum tissue, and exposed dental roots
- Bruxism (clenching and grinding your teeth)
- Sinus infection
- Jaw joint problems such as TMJ/TMD
- Impacted tooth (one encased in the gum tissue and bone)
- Oral trauma from a sports accident, MVA, or falls
Determining the causes
To understand if your toothache stems from one or more of these issues, Dr. Yadav will examine your teeth and gums, take digital X-rays and of course, ask you about your symptoms. Tell Dr. Yadav when your pain starts and what may relieve it. You should describe its severity and what additional symptoms, such as an earache, may accompany it.
Treating your tooth pain
Your treatment depends on your diagnosis. Sometimes, only dental extraction can cure a toothache. However, Dr. Yadav is an expert in restorative dentistry, offering these modern services:
- Tooth-colored fillings, made from glass ionomer, porcelain, or composite resin, to repair dental decay durably and beautifully
- Porcelain crowns made from high-grade ceramic to custom-cover decayed, abscessed, or injured teeth
- Root canal therapy (performed entirely in our Peoria, AZ, office) removes the diseased pulp, cleanses, disinfects, and seals all interior chambers, and crowns the tooth to maximize appearance and longevity
- Composite resin bonding to repair chips, cracks, and other potentially damaging defects
- Porcelain veneers, to strengthen weak tooth structure and beautify its appearance
Additionally, Dr. Yadav offers orthodontic services and bite guards which correct dental occlusion (how teeth meet together) and cushion teeth clenching and grinding. Rest assured, your diagnosis and treatment will be exactly what you need to feel better and optimize your oral health for the long term.
Keeping pain away
Key preventive care includes:
- Daily flossing and brushing
- A tooth-sparing diet, low in sugar, carbs, and acids
- No smoking or chewing tobacco
- Fluoride toothpaste, in-office treatments, and fluoridated water
- Dental sealants
- Six-month examinations and cleanings with your family dentist
We're here for you
For sudden dental pain or other emergencies, please call Your Family Dentist for a consultation on root canal therapy and the other restorative services we offer in our Peoria, AZ, office. We are celebrating 15 years of service to our wonderful patients. Phone the office at (623) 878-3300.
If you have tooth pain, we want to know about it. No, really—we want to know all about it. Is the pain sharp or dull? Is it emanating from one tooth or more generally? Is it constant, intermittent or only when you bite down?
Dentists ask questions like these because there are multiple causes for tooth pain with different treatment requirements. The more accurate the diagnosis, the quicker and more successful your treatment will be.
Here are 3 different examples of tooth pain, along with their possible causes and treatments.
Tooth sensitivity. If you feel a quick jolt of pain when you eat or drink something hot or cold, it may mean your gums have drawn back (receded) from your teeth to leave more sensitive areas exposed. Gum recession is most often caused by gum disease, which we can treat by removing dental plaque, the main cause for the infection. In mild cases the gums may recover after treatment, but more advanced recession may require grafting surgery.
Dull ache around upper teeth. This type of pain might actually be a sinus problem, not a dental one. The upper back teeth share some of the same nerves as the sinus cavity just above them. See your dentist first to rule out deep decay or a tooth grinding habit putting too much pressure on the teeth. If your dentist rules out an oral cause, you may need to see your family physician to check for a sinus infection.
Constant sharp pain. A throbbing pain seeming to come from one tooth may be a sign the tooth's central pulp layer has become decayed. The resulting infection is attacking the pulp's nerves, which is causing the excruciating pain. Advanced decay of this sort requires a root canal treatment to remove the diseased tissue and fill the empty pulp chamber and root canals to prevent further infection. See your dentist even if the pain stops—the infection may have only killed the nerves, but is still present and advancing.
Pain is the body's warning system—so heed the tooth pain alert and see your dentist as soon as possible. The sooner the problem is identified and treated, the better your chances of returning to full dental health.
If you would like more information on tooth pain and what it means, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Pain? Don't Wait!”
As with the rest of the body, tooth pain is an indication that something’s wrong. While the exact cause requires a dental exam, the location, quality and duration of the pain could narrow the possibilities. With that in mind, here are 3 types of tooth pain and what it might be telling you.
Sensitivity. Pain or discomfort when you eat or drink cold foods or bite down could mean you have a small area of decay in the tooth, a loose filling or an exposed root surface from gum recession. Dental work to repair a decayed tooth or filling could alleviate the pain; in the case of gum recession, you may need to reduce overaggressive brushing or seek treatment for periodontal (gum) disease, the two main causes of the condition.
Dull or lingering pain. A dull ache in the rear sinus area could indicate a problem with a back tooth — they share the same nerve pathways as the sinuses, so you may be feeling referred pain. In the case of lingering pain after eating or drinking something hot or cold, there may be decay within the inner pulp chamber of the tooth that’s damaging or even killing the nerve tissue. If so, a root canal treatment might be in order.
Sharp pain. That sudden, excruciating pain when you bite down could mean you’re experiencing advanced decay, a loose filling or possibly a cracked tooth. If the pain seems to radiate from the gums — and they’re swollen and sensitive — you may have developed an abscess brought on by periodontal (gum) disease. In all these cases, appropriate dental treatment like decay removal and filling, root canal treatment or plaque removal may be necessary, depending on the cause and extent of the problem.
Regardless of what kind of pain you’re feeling, you should see us as soon as possible — in many situations waiting will only make the problem worse. The sooner we discover the cause, the sooner we can begin the right treatment to solve the issue and alleviate your pain.
If you would like more information on the causes and treatment of tooth pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Pain? Don’t Wait!”
A toothache means you have tooth decay, right? Not necessarily — your pain could be signaling a number of potential causes. Determining where, how much and how often it hurts will help us find out the cause and apply the appropriate treatment.
A single symptom, for example, can mean many things. A twinge of tooth pain as you consume hot or cold foods might indicate localized tooth decay easily repaired by a filling. But it could also mean the tooth's root surface has been exposed as a result of periodontal (gum) disease — aggressive plaque removal and maybe even gum surgery might be necessary. Or it could be a sign of inner pulp decay: in this case you'll likely need a root canal treatment to save the tooth.
Pulp decay can also announce itself with a very sharp and constant pain radiating from one or more teeth. You shouldn't hesitate to see us for an examination — even if the pain goes away. Pain cessation most likely means the nerves in the pulp have died. The infection, however, still exists, so you'll still probably need a root canal treatment.
If you notice severe, continuous pain and pressure around a tooth, particularly about the gums, you may have a localized, inflamed area of infection called an abscess. An abscess can be the result of gum disease, but it might also stem from a foreign body like a popcorn husk, getting stuck below the gums. We'll need to conduct a complete dental examination to determine the cause and how to treat it.
Finally, a sharp pain when you bite down could mean many things such as a loose filling or a fractured (cracked) tooth. The latter especially requires immediate attention to save the tooth.
These are just a few of the possible causes behind mouth or facial pain. Although all of them are serious, a few are true dental emergencies and can't wait if we're going to save a tooth. The sooner you see us, the sooner we can help relieve the pain, minimize any damage and avert disaster.
If you would like more information on treating tooth pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Pain? Don't Wait!”