When everything is working properly, your teeth and gums shouldn’t be hurting. So, if you ever experience any dental pain, that is a big signal that something is wrong somewhere in your mouth. The good news is that our Nashua, NH dental office has a number of ways to relieve your dental pain and keep your smile healthy. Today we wanted to look at several different reasons why your teeth may be hurting. When you are finished reading, be sure to give us a call at 603-546-7460 to request your next easy appointment.
Decay Can Be Painful
Many patients who have pain from a cavity have sensitivity eating or drinking cold things. This is because the decay has eaten through the enamel of the tooth (the outer layer and hardest substance in the body) and exposed the dentin. Unlike the enamel, the dentin is much more sensitive to cold or hot sensations. Dental decay can eat through every layer of the tooth and reach the pulp and root of your tooth. If that happens, you’ll likely need a root canal and then a dental crown to get your smile back on track.
These days we use tooth-colored fillings to restore cavities. Most of the time it is a quick fix for your dental pain. The fillings are made from a high-strength resin that bonds to the tooth and blends in well.
Grinding And Clenching Teeth Hurts
Clenching and/or grinding can cause your tooth’s enamel to erode and your gums to recede. It also exerts additionsl pressure on the jaw muscles and joints. Often patients who clench or grind their teeth wake up with jaw pain or terrible headaches.
That won’t be the worst of it though. Patients who grind or clench their teeth often experience jaw problems like clicking, popping, or grinding of the joints. We’ve treated patients who complained about audible loud pops in their jaw every time they ate. That can be painful AND embarrassing.
But take heart: grinding and clenching, though serious, are easy to resolve.
We’re able to help you overcome the related dental pain by using a comfortable oral appliance to help relieve the stress from the teeth, gums, and jawbone. You’ll wear the mouthguard nightly as directed and you’ll be good to go.
Most patients report that the symptoms reduce or subside almost immediately. Other solutions for jaw discomfort include orthodontics, veneers, crowns, or simply adjusting the bite. We’re ready to do whatever workd best for your unique situation.
Gum Disease Will Cause Discomfort
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, and it is estimated to impact about 50 percent of all Americans. Keep in mind that this rate goes up to about 70 percent for Americans 65 and older.
The earliest signs of gum disease are bleeding and swollen gums, or even bad breath. But it’s also possible that you could suffer from sensitive teeth. When gum disease reaches its more advanced stages, an infectious pocket will form between the teeth and gums and actually pull the teeth and gums apart. If this infection goes untreated, it will cause your teeth to fail, which can be extremely painful.
We’re treating gum disease through a process known as scaling and root planing. We recommend that people with gum disease visit the dentist about once every three to four months. That allows us to monitor to teeth and gums and make sure that the infection is under control.
Don’t Wait To Treat Dental Pain! Call Us Today!
As you can see, the source of your painful problem may be a number of things. These are issues that won’t just take care of themselves. You’ll need a professional team that knows how to treat dental pain. That’s where we come in! Call Nashua Family Dentistry today at 603-546-7460 or fill out our online form to request an easy appointment in Nashua, NH.