Many of us tend to ignore small toothache pains and other painful discomfort throughout our bodies. We tell ourselves that the pain in our shoulders could just mean we are stressed; perhaps a good’s night sleep will take it away. If your throat hurts, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re sick. Perhaps you just have allergies; you just need a little medicine and it will also go away. Got knee problems? Just don’t bend it a certain way. When a little pain starts to occur, we tend to give ourselves plenty of reasons to stay away from the doctor. Nobody really wants anything to be wrong, after all.
Although it’s probably a good idea to refrain from being a hypochondriac, in the event of a small pain, it’s also a smart idea to pay attention to your body. When we have pain, it means that something is wrong. A small issue can lead to a bigger issue. This principle is no truer than when it applies to your mouth. Small mouth toothache pains are important to address as soon as possible. It is the habit of many people to ignore a toothache until it is extremely painful – by then, it actually does mean that something is wrong, usually very wrong. Because “small” mouth issues can lead to bigger issues very quickly, it is important to address a toothache once it occurs. Below are reasons why:
1. Toothache pain can indicate a number of problems
General tooth pain can happen from temperature changes or sugary foods. This is usually caused by tooth sensitivity, and it’s not the most painful occurrence (generally). When the pain is mild, it usually means the tooth is just worn down or that the gum is receding. When the pain is more severe, it can mean that the tooth is cracked somewhere, you have a cavity or you’ve lost a filling. When the pain is very severe, it can mean that you are experiencing tooth decay. Since a cracked or worn down tooth can lead to tooth decay, it’s essential that you speak with your Phoenix dentist as soon as you experience tooth pain.
2. A toothache can be the root of problems that don’t begin with your teeth.
A toothache can be a sign of the following:
- A heart attack
- A sinus infection
- Nerve-related diseases
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Substance abuse
- Headache issues
These problems require immediate treatment by a physician, especially if they’ve been ignored for so much time that the issue is now affecting how your mouth feels. Mouth pain can be debilitating, but not as debilitating as the effects of a heart attack or another disease.
How Your Dentist Can Help Your Toothache Pain
Naturally, the way your toothache is treated depends on what is causing it. If your toothache is being caused by any of the health issues above, it’s important to consult the right type of physician. However, if your toothache is a result of teeth-related issues such as cavities, TMJ, cracked or broken teeth, sensitivity or tooth decay, your Phoenix dentist can provide a number of treatments. You may need root canal therapy, a filling or even a crown.
Root Canal Therapy Phoenix
You may need root canal therapy if the pulp (or inside) of the tooth is diseased and is causing you pain. During a root canal, the inside of the tooth, the living tissue, is removed, along with any infected substances. The diseased area must be completely removed so that the tooth isn’t infected any further. After the diseased area is removed, the tooth is filled. Once it’s healed, a crown is usually placed over the tooth. Root canal therapy is not as horrible as its reputation has caused it to seem. It’s a generally painless procedure that can provide great pain relief and comfort. It can also help you keep the tooth that is infected instead of having to remove it.
Teeth Fillings Phoenix
Fillings are used to fill and seal cavities. White composite and porcelain fillings are the most common types of fillings today. These are used for many reasons, such as:
- Porcelain easily bonds with tooth enamel.
- You can choose fillings to match the shade of your teeth.
- CEREC machines allow patients to receive fillings in one visit.
- Porcelain fillings create a strong tooth surface.
Fillings are very common and many people have them. With technology such as the CEREC machine, it is easier and quicker to have fillings made than it was before.
Dental Crowns Phoenix
Dental crowns are generally used when a large section of the tooth is missing because of an accident, an abscess or decay. Crowns replace the outer layer of the tooth and match the color of the surrounding teeth. Crowns can also attach bridges, protect weak teeth, disguise discolored or oddly shaped teeth, cover implants, and more. Dental crown procedures require numbing and removal of any decay. The tooth receiving the crown will be trimmed and tapered in order to fit the crown. The process can involve obtaining a specially shaped crown using an optical impression or obtaining a crown created using dental impressions. Naturally, before assuming your toothache requires these procedures, it is important to speak with your dentist to find out the right procedure for your teeth.