The Top Causes of Tooth Pain

Jan 21, 2016 @ 03:19 PM — by Lauren Shanard

A woman with a toothacheThe team at Contemporary Dental Arts proudly serves patients throughout the Williston area, offering advanced restorative dentistry procedures to treat problems affecting the teeth and gums.

A number of patients who stop by the practice complain of toothaches and dental pain. Let's take a look at some of the most common causes of this problem.

Serious Tooth Decay or Erosion

When you have experienced major tooth decay or serious cases of acidic dental erosion, this can make your teeth extremely sensitive to heat and cold and also result in pain when biting and chewing. The best treatment option for these kinds of problems is the use of dental restorations, such as fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns.

Major Tooth Injury or Damage

If you are involved in a vehicle accident, a physical altercation, sports injury, or serious fall, you may potentially experience a serious injury to your tooth. Serious chips and cracks can lead to varying degrees of dental pain. As with tooth decay and erosion, the best treatment options are the use of dental restorations such as fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns.

Root Canal Infection

A root canal infection occurs when oral bacteria infects the soft tissue within the tooth. This can lead to a throbbing pain in your tooth, which can radiate to other parts of the mouth. To prevent the spread of infection, the best option to consider is endodontic therapy. This removes the infected dental pulp, alleviated pain, and saves your tooth from extraction in the process.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the extra sets of molars that emerge in your early twenties. These superfluous sets of teeth can sometimes grow in crooked, placing pressure on adjacent teeth and causing tooth damage in the process. In addition, wisdom teeth that grow in straight can make proper oral hygiene more difficult, causing cavities in the back of the mouth. The ideal option for this kind of tooth pain is to have your wisdom teeth extracted, which is a very routine form of oral surgery.

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Teeth grinding refers to the gnashing, clenching, and shifting that a person's teeth do during sleep, which can cause your teeth to feel sore and make chips and cracks more likely. It's often the result of malocclusion (crooked teeth) and stress, though it can also be the side effect of certain medications and medical conditions. The ideal treatments for teeth grinding include the use of a bite guard, stress management techniques, and orthodontic care.

Gum Recession

Gum recession is linked to a whole host of behaviors and actions, from teeth grinding and smoking to aggressive brushing and flossing. When gum recession occurs, it exposes more of the tooth's root structure. This makes teeth more sensitive and can lead to tooth decay below the gumline. Gum recession can be treated through soft tissue grafting procedures, which help rebuild lost tissue along the gumline.

Contact Contemporary Dental Arts

For more information about treating toothaches and improving your overall dental health and wellness, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team at Contemporary Dental Arts looks forward to your visit and going over these matters in more detail.

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