In a certain sense, any sort of dental pain is an emergency, because your teeth simply shouldn’t hurt unless there is something wrong. As such if you are experiencing dental pain, you’ll want to call our Nashua, NH dental office right away at 603-546-7460. That’s because we have a variety of ways to alleviate your discomfort and restore your oral health.
Over the course of today’s post, we’ve decided to look at three different reasons why your teeth may be hurting. Fortunately, most of these issues can be prevented altogether, but if it is too late for that, we can begin to manage and minimize your pain the second you walk through our doors. Whatever you do, don’t ignore what your body is telling you, which is: “get help!”
Dental Decay Causes Pain
It is a given that dentists despise cavities, and we want each and every one of our patients to avoid having to experience them. Still, most people will encounter dental decay at least once in the course of a lifetime.
Not all cavities are painful, especially when they are caught and treated early on. Most patients who experience pain from dental decay have sensitivity eating or drinking cold things. This is because the decay has eaten through the enamel of the tooth, exposing the dentin. Unlike the enamel, the dentin is much more sensitive to cold or hot feelings. Cavities can eventually eat through every layer of the tooth and reach the pulp and root of your tooth. If that happens, it won’t be much fun, and you’ll likely need to have a root canal treatment followed by a dental crown to restore your smile.
What can we do to help with cavity-related pain? Here at Nashua Family Dentistry we offer tooth-colored fillings to restore cavities that have not gone too far for conservative measures. These modern fillings are made from a high-quality resin that bonds to the tooth and blends in with the rest of your smile. They require less tooth modification and do not look out of place.
Grinding And Clenching Really Hurts
Clenching or grinding is an involuntary action that can cause the tooth’s enamel to erode and the gums to recede. It also puts lots of additional pressure on the jaw muscles and joints. Many times patients who clench or grind their teeth wake up with jaw pain or near-constant headaches. And the struggle doesn’t end there. Those folks who grind or clench their teeth often experience jaw problems like clicking, popping, or grinding of the joints.
If you can relate to this kind of pain, don’t worry, we can help. Grinding and clenching is nothing to take lightly, but it is easy enough to treat. We’re currently offering a comfortable oral appliance to help relieve the stress from the teeth, gums, and jawbone.
Basically, you just wear the mouthguard during the night to keep the negative activities from taking place. Most patients notice that the symptoms go away fast. We have a few other tricks up our sleeves, too. Other dental solutions for jaw discomfort include orthodontics, dental veneers, dental crowns, or adjusting the bite. One way or another, we’ll get you smiling again.
Gum Disease Hurts Your Smile
Fun fact: gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, and it will strike roughly 50 percent of all Americans in some capacity.
Bleeding and swollen gums, along with bad breath, are the initial symptoms. But it’s also possible that you could also suffer from sensitive teeth. Here’s why: as gum disease reaches its more advanced stages (aka periodontal disease), an infectious pocket will develop between the teeth and gums and actually pull the teeth and gums apart.
To make your mouth feel normal again, we can employ a deep cleaning process known as scaling and root planing. This addresses the tartar and plaque that is bothering the teeth beneath the gum-line. Once you’ve had gum disease, we’ll need to see you more often than other patients to make sure that we keep it from coming back.
Treat Dental Pain Like An Emergency
If you are experiencing dental pain, the root cause of the problem could be one of any number of things. It’s never a good idea to wait around for it to go away on its own. It’s always less painful and less costly to deal with it right away.