Dental Tips Blog

Mar
6

3 Surprising Causes Behind a Toothache

There are no signs of a cavity or infection, so why does your tooth suddenly hurt?

Here are a few reasons for a toothache that most people don’t suspect, at first.

  1. Sinus Problems

Is it an upper molar that’s killing you?

Upper tooth roots can sometimes extend close to the sinuses. If you’re familiar with sinus infections, then you know just how miserable that pressure can make you!

That very same pressure caused by infected sinuses can press on the tooth roots. Voila! Instant toothache.

  1. That Time Your Mouth Got Hit . . . A Long Time Ago!

You were just playing with your kids. You ran into the side of an open door.

Whatever the cause, it’s easy to take an accidental whack to the mouth. Your tooth may hurt for a couple hours, but then it’s fine and you move on.

But the tooth that was “fine” can flare up with pain when you least expect it. If you have an unexpected toothache, it could be a fracture or nerve damage dating back to an event you nearly forgot about more than a decade prior.

  1. Gum Recession

Gums can start to pull away from teeth for a number of reasons:

  • Age
  • Gum disease
  • Aggressive tooth brushing
  • Braces
  • Poor tooth alignment

When they do, they expose the sensitive dentin on the tooth root. This can give your teeth a sharp shock in temperature changes.

Although sensitive teeth don’t seem as serious as a cavity, you should still see your dentist. Exposed tooth roots are quick to develop decay.

Is a toothache ruining your life?

Get relief by discovering the cause of your dental pain. Contact your dentist to schedule a visit.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

Mar
14

Persistent Tooth Pain: Cracked Teeth

Are you experiencing chronic toothaches? It might be Cracked Tooth Syndrome. Most commonly affecting the molars, this syndrome causes off-and-on pain when chewing, especially as pressure is relieved from your bite.  It may even be sensitive to hot or cold foods and temperatures. This discomfort results from a small crack in your tooth that’s challenging to spot, even on x-rays.

Treating Your Cracked Tooth

Depending on the severity of the crack, your dentist may recommend one of several treatment options for your tooth:

  • Crown Restoration – A moderate crack that affects the function or appearance of the tooth, but does not involve the root or go below the gumline, may be successfully treated with a crown. A crown can restore the natural appearance of your tooth and allow you to eat and speak as you did before. It prevents the crack from spreading further down the tooth.
  • Root Canal Therapy – A crack that extends into the root of the tooth can cause intense pain and introduce infection. In such a case, your dentist may recommend a root canal to treat your compromised tooth.
  • A Dental Implant – If the crack in your tooth extends underneath your gumline, the tooth is no longer treatable and will likely need to be removed by your dentist. To restore your smile, your dentist may recommend a dental implant. A dental implant is an “artificial tooth” made of titanium, upon which a new, custom-made tooth may be placed.

If you suspect you’re suffering from Cracked Tooth Syndrome, early detection is important to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible. Call your dentist today to make an appointment.

Posted on behalf of:
Pacific Sky Dental
6433 Mission St
Daly City, CA 94014
(650) 353-3130

Dec
28

Three Symptoms of Abscessed Teeth

What’s wrong with your tooth? Do you have a cavity? An abscess? Although some abscessed teeth will never exhibit any symptoms, most of us will have some signs that pop up if we find ourselves suffering from one. Here are three symptoms to be on the lookout for if you suspect that your tooth is abscessed.

Sensitivity to Heat

A hypersensitive nerve that reacts to heat or warm items indicates that there is a nerve infection. Heat sensitivity is usually not related to any other types of dental conditions other than infected nerve tissues. 

Pain or Discomfort Associated with Pressure

Chewing forces that cause discomfort may be an indication that there is swelling near the tip of the root. This condition is also sometimes seen in periodontal disease, so an exam and x-ray will be needed to check. 

Visible Swelling Along the Gum Tissue

A pimple or abscess along the gum tissue may come and go frequently. Or, swelling may be larger and take up space along 2 or 3 teeth instead of 2-3mm. Even if the swelling goes away, you need to have it looked at. Swelling in these areas only occurs if infection has extended through the entire length of the tooth and into the bone surrounding it.

Pain, of course, is also an indication that something is wrong. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s time to call your dentist. Untreated dental abscesses can, in some cases, result in emergency medical complications. Your dentist will help you medicate as needed and treat the tooth so that you can retain it for several more years.

Posted on behalf of:
Mockingbird Dental Associates
99 Mockingbird Dr
Cartersville, GA 30120
(770) 386-3908

Oct
22

Help! My Tooth is Hurting!

Are you having terrible tooth pain? If so, it can be extremely uncomfortable. You may not be able to get dental care right away. Here is a list of some things you can do to help with tooth pain at home.

  • Apply warm/cold compresses: This is a quick way to help with the pain. Basically, you will want to alternate warm then cold every 10-15 minutes. This will help with the swelling.
  • Take Ibuprophen/Naproxen: Over the Counter NSAIDs are anti-inflammatories so they will help to lessen swelling as well. It is very important to take this medication according to the package instructions. Serious complications can happen from an overdose, such as liver damage.
  • Rinse with warm salt water: Mix one to two teaspoons of salt in warm water and stir until the salt is dissolved. Then you will rinse and gargle with this salt water for 15-30 seconds. You can repeat this as often as needed. This is a natural way to help with swelling as well.

If the pain is too bad to bear then you can head to the emergency room. You can also call some dental offices to see if they offer after-hours emergency dental care. And remember, it’s very important to keep routine dental appointments and cleanings. Your Springfield dentist will also be looking for problems that might arise.

Also, if for any reason the pain subsides – you should still schedule an appointment with your dentist to have the tooth checked out.

Mar
20

Seasonal Allergies, Sinus Infections and Your Teeth

Posted in Fillings

It’s not uncommon for dental patients to come into the office and present a problem to the dentist that appears to be from their teeth, but actually isn’t at all. If you have a toothache, you may need some allergy medication instead of a dental filling or toot extraction. After a series of questions based on your symptoms, your dentist can determine other outside factors that may be affecting the health of your mouth. One of the most common outside factors is uncontrolled seasonal allergies or active sinus infections. Symptoms from these two conditions can cause dental patients to experience some common concerns:

Bad Breath

The mucous from nasal drips down the back of the throat often cause bad breath. Even revamped oral hygiene or special mouthwashes may not improve the condition. Most of the time sinus drainage is due to seasonal allergies, and simply taking an over the counter medication to manage the condition is enough to improve the bad breath side effect. Some adults find this to be a problem, but it is especially noticeable in small children.

Toothaches

Sporadic pain in the upper teeth may manifest itself as a toothache. In reality, it is swelling of the nasal sinuses and pressure against the roots of the upper teeth that rest nearby. Pain may be more noticeable when the head is shaken up and down or as head congestion worsens. This type of tooth pain is differentiated from other types of tooth pain because external factors like food or drink do not affect the sensitivity.

As always, if the conditions continue to exist, see your dentist to make sure there isn’t an underlying dental condition causing the problem. If you have a previous dental history free of decay or infections, your bad breath or tooth pain may simply be blamed on a high pollen count where you live.

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental

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Nov
20

Safe and Fast Toothache Fixes

Posted in Fillings

Almost everyone has at some time or the other experienced the throbbing, searing pain of a toothache.  A toothache can be one of the most debilitating bodily complaints, interfering with a person’s ability to function and their peace of mind. If you’re suffering from a toothache, there are several things you can do to find safe, fast relief.

OTC painkillers

Taking an over-the-counter painkiller is perhaps the most common and intuitive remedy for a toothache, yet not all painkillers are created equal. Painkillers like aspirin and ibuprofen are blood thinners and should be avoided by anyone about to undergo surgery, pregnant women, individuals who have a bleeding disorder, and people who are already taking another blood-thinning drug (e.g., for a heart condition). Alternatives include paracetamol and Panadol, and topical pain relievers such as Oragel and Anbesol.  It should be noted that painkillers are not the ideal solution for treating a toothache since their pain-numbing effect wears off after a while, and also, because they do not treat the root cause of a toothache.

Home remedies

Often overlooked, natural home remedies can take the sting out of disabling tooth pain. Rinsing with warm salt water, applying ground garlic or cloves (or clove/garlic oil) to the tooth, chewing guava tree leaves, and chewing raw onion are all commonly recommended home remedies for toothaches.

While it may be comforting to know that you can get fast relief from tooth pain, it is true that the best solution for permanently and effectively resolving toothache troubles is to visit your dentist and have the tooth professionally examined and treated. A toothache is typically a sign that the underlying dentin layer of the tooth has become exposed, and the sensitive nerve endings inside the tooth have become irritated and inflamed. There may also be some infection of the pulp, gum tissues and even the jaw bone, a serious condition called a dental abscess.

Dental treatment for a toothache usually involves draining the infected tooth and restoring the eroded enamel with a dental filling. A root canal may also be performed to remove dead and infected tissues inside the pulp chamber, and in cases of severe infection a tooth extraction may be required.

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