Why do I have tooth pain?
Tooth pain has numerous causes, which is why you should have an expert dentist determine why your tooth is hurting and the best strategy to resolve it. Common causes of tooth pain include:
- Infected root canal
- Cracked tooth
- Chipped tooth
- Broken tooth
You may have also developed sensitive teeth that hurt when exposed to hot or cold temperatures. Sensitive teeth are often the result of eroded gums that no longer sufficiently protect your teeth.
What should I do if I have tooth pain?
Don’t ignore tooth pain whether it’s acute or chronic. Acute tooth pain may be a sign that your tooth was damaged in an accident or has a cavity or infection. Chronic tooth pain could be an infection, damage, or the result of sensitivity and recessed gums.
Each RenovaSmiles office offers same-day emergency dental appointments for patients with tooth pain and other problems. The staff tries to get you in to see a dentist as soon as possible, so you can get the pain relief you need.
How do dentists treat tooth pain?
Your treatment depends on the source of your tooth pain. Your dentist thoroughly examines your teeth, gums, and jaw to determine why your tooth hurts.
They may order digital X-rays or other imaging studies to be sure you don’t have a cavity or a microscopic break or crack that’s causing your tooth pain.
Once your dentist understands all the factors at play in your tooth pain, they devise a treatment plan to resolve your pain and correct any damage or dysfunction. Treatments for tooth pain might include:
- Root canal to remove the infection
- Filling a cavity to restore and protect your tooth
- Restoring breaks and cracks with fillings and bonds
- Protecting a broken tooth with crowns or veneers
- Extracting a damaged tooth
- Fillings to remedy tooth sensitivity
If a gum infection contributes to your tooth pain, your dentist may recommend periodontal treatment.
How do I control tooth pain before I get to the dentist?
If your tooth is broken or chipped in an accident or fall, you can control pain by applying a cold compress to the painful area. You might also use over-the-counter painkillers to control swelling and discomfort.
If your mouth is bleeding, bite down on a cool, damp piece of gauze or washcloth until you can get to your nearest RenovaSmiles office.
Don’t ignore tooth pain. Call or book online for treatment today at any RenovaSmiles clinic.