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Root Canal or Filling – Which Is Best for a Toothache?

Posted in Root Canals

Most people don’t like to hear that they need a filling, much less a root canal. But dental treatment is essential to warding off pain and keeping our teeth functional.

If you have a toothache, which treatment will you need?

Toothaches can be linked to:

  • Gum recession
  • Fracture or trauma
  • Decay
  • Acid erosion
  • Old dental restorations
  • Nerve damage
  • Gum disease

…And the list goes on! You’ll need to have a dentist take a look to determine what’s going on with your tooth.

But let’s just say there’s a spot on a tooth that you know is decay.

Which is better to treat it: a root canal or filling?

A filling is the first resort for treating a cavity. Usually made from composite resin, a filling replaces the damaged tooth structure and shores up the entire tooth. Getting a restoration helps you keep your tooth alive.

Once your tooth is beyond hope of saving, it’s time to consider root canal therapy.

In a last-resort root canal, your dentist hollows out the core of your tooth and removes the nerve. The tooth is fully cleaned and filled with a special material. You’ll then get everything capped off with a dental crown.

A root canal, unpleasant though it may sound, is the best thing you can do for a tooth that may otherwise need extraction. But if you catch the decay or fracture early enough, a filling alone could be enough to keep your tooth from needing a root canal.

Is your tooth bothering you? Contact a dentist to get it looked at. If you’re lucky, you won’t need a root canal or filling, after all!

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979


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


Does Your Child Have an Abscessed Tooth?

Has your child ever complained of a toothache? If you’ve looked and noticed what appears to be a small pimple or swollen area on their gumlines, it could be that they have an abscessed tooth.

Abscessed teeth are caused by cavities that extend into the nerve inside of the tooth. Bacteria create infection, which then causes swelling. As a result, the swelling extends out the tip of the root and into the surrounding gum tissues. This can leave what looks like a pimple along the gumlines. It may come and go as it drains, but the bacteria are always there. Taking antibiotics can clear up an initial infection, but the problem needs to be addressed at the root of the cause – otherwise the abscess will come right back.

To prevent recurrent pain and toothaches, your child’s dentist will need to remove the nerve tissue and medicate the chamber inside of the infected tooth. After it is thoroughly cleaned and treated, a filling material may be placed into the top of the tooth. This differs from typical adult “root canals,” as baby teeth will continue to resorb until they fall out. However, the treatment allows the tooth to stay in place until the permanent tooth is ready to erupt from underneath it.

If your child is experiencing symptoms of pain, facial swelling, or soreness inside of their mouth – see a dentist right away. In rare circumstances, abscessed teeth can create severe complications that may even result in the need for hospitalization.

Schedule regular visits for your child every 6 months to catch tooth decay before it has a chance to evolve into an abscess!

Posted on behalf of:
Alan Horlick DDS
6572 Hwy 92 #120
Acworth, GA 30102
(770) 591-8446


Sinus Pressure and Toothaches: Are they Related?

Do you experience toothaches in your upper teeth?  If so, are you also suffering from a cold, sinus infection or seasonal allergies?  If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, don’t assume the pain is coming from a problem in your teeth yet.

Sinus Toothache

Sinuses are the air-filled cavities, lined with mucous membranes above their upper teeth. When you get a sinus infection, the inflammation of the sinus can create symptoms of a toothache that throbs on more than one of your upper teeth. Thankfully there is nothing wrong with your tooth!

The tooth pain is caused from swelling and buildup of mucous, which builds pressure in the sinus cavities.  The nerve in the roots of your top teeth are very close to your top sinus cavity.  Your tooth nerves are affected by the pressure buildup in the sinus and you can feel tooth pain that closely resembles a classic toothache.

How Do You Treat Your Sinus Toothache?

The only way to make the sinus toothache go way is to treat the sinus problem.  Taking a decongestant or antibiotic to eliminate the infection will also result in the pain of the “sinus toothache” going away.

How Do You Know if Your Toothache is a Sinus Toothache?

If you have a toothache in more than one tooth, the pain is isolated in your top teeth, and you currently have a cold, sinus infection, or seasonal allergies – chances are good that you have a sinus toothache.  If the toothache does not go away after treating your sinus infection, you should see your dentist to receive a proper diagnosis of what is causing your toothache.

Posted on behalf of:
Timber Springs Dental
5444 Atascocita Road Suite 100
Humble, TX
(713) 244-8929


Three Common Causes of Toothaches

Toothaches are terribly painful and nobody wants to get one.  There are multiple causes of toothaches.  Three common causes of toothaches are:

1)      Tooth Infection/Abscess (Pulpitis) – This is the most common cause of toothaches.  Pulpitis is an infection of the pulp of tooth, where the tooth nerve is.  Often times, tooth infections are caused by the bacteria in your mouth and a cavity has been untreated.  If a cavity is left untreated, it can deepen to the nerve of the tooth, causing pain.  A tooth infection could also occur from trauma to the tooth or a filling that wasn’t sealed correctly, allowing bacteria to leak into the tooth around the unsealed edges of the filling.

2)      Infection Around Tooth (Periapical Abscess)- This is caused from untreated gum disease, when the bacteria gets into the pockets between your gums and teeth causing an infection called an periapical abscess.

3)      Cracked Tooth- This is usually manifested by a sharp pain when pressure is put on the tooth when chewing and then the pain is relieved when the pressure is lifted from chewing.  This pain can occur because as you chew on a cracked tooth, it puts pressure on the tooth, causing the cracked tooth to separate even further which can cause pain.

The above list does not cover all of the causes of toothaches.  Some other causes could be a sinus infection or wisdom teeth (back molars) putting pressure on adjacent teeth.  Are you having pain in your teeth?  Call your dentist today to have your teeth evaluated with x-rays and an exam to find out what is causing your tooth pain.

Posted on behalf of:
Rowe Family Dental Care
2320 Satellite Blvd NW #120
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 622-5909


Top Toothache Causes and What to Watch For

Toothaches can be caused by many different factors, but they all tell you one thing: something is wrong. When you’re experiencing a toothache, knowing the symptoms and causes can help you decide what to do next. Here are a few of the most common causes of toothaches and what you should be aware of:

Severe Pain

A toothache can be one of the most painful experiences that you ever go through. The pain is usually caused by hypersensitivity of the nerve, caused by trauma or infection. Whether the pain starts suddenly or comes on slowly, it isn’t going to go away on its own – you need to have your dentist check the tooth to see what is wrong. 

Pain or Sensitivity to Sweets and Hot Temperatures

Do sweet foods and drinks make your teeth hurt? What about hot or warm drinks like coffee? Both of these symptoms indicate that something such as nerve damage or a cavity is present. Getting an x-ray as quickly as possible will allow your dentist determine the extent of the damage and the least invasive way to address it. 

Pain When Pressure is Applied

If you are chewing and a tooth hurts so much that you have to avoid biting on it, you likely have an infection. It could be an abscessed tooth resulting in swelling near the root, or chronic periodontal disease destroying the gum attachment fibers. Avoiding this condition may result in loss of the tooth.

When you have a toothache, it’s important to have a dentist that you can trust. Talk to your dentist about your concerns and ask what options are available to eliminate pain as quickly as possible while also saving your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751


Is it Really a Toothache?

This time of the year it isn’t uncommon for someone to come into the dental office with a toothache. Someone who has never, ever had a toothache before. Suddenly, they find themselves experiencing severe discomfort, pain, or pressure that throbs or sends shooting pains into the rest of their face.

You might not know it, but when this happens there is a very good chance that it isn’t even tooth related. When it’s allergy season (or even cold and flu season), a lot of people develop moderate to severe sinus pressure and congestion. When you think about it, it’s normal that some of this pressure is perceived as a toothache. Why? Because the lining of your nasal sinus cavity often lays directly across the tips of the roots of certain maxillary (upper) teeth. When congestion worsens, the area swells and begins pushing onto your tooth. Your body interprets this as a toothache due to the localized pain.

Thankfully all that is usually needed is a small X-ray taken by your dentist to see what is going on around the root of your tooth. If there is no tooth decay or abscess, but the lining of your sinus seems to be draped across the root along with an enlarged sinus – then it’s likely that your pain is simply caused by nasal congestion. Some people notice more significant pain when they move their head up and down or side to side. If infections are severe, it might be necessary to take a prescription antibiotic along with a strong decongestant.

If tooth pain persists or does not improve, see your dentist right away.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725


Three Signs That Mean You Need to See the Dentist

Posted in Root Canals

Have you ever asked yourself or a friend: “Do you think I should see a dentist?” Chances are most of us have experienced a toothache, accident, or felt something that didn’t seem quite right and made us wonder if it was time to call our dental office. Here are 3 signs that you need to make the call:

Youre in Pain:

It sounds simple, but you might be surprised how many people think the pain will go away if they can just “make it through.” Toughing out the pain won’t make it any better – the discomfort you feel in your mouth is trying to tell you to get professional help, fast. Most dental pain is caused by severe infection that requires treatment in order to make it go away for good.

It Didnt Feel Like That Before:

Does something feel a little off? If one of the teeth seems “funny” or not the way it normally does, you may have had a filling fall out or a piece of tooth break off. Catching it earlier can make treatment easier and more affordable to complete.

Theres Bleeding or Swelling That Doesnt Go Away:

An abscess or infected gum tissue means that there’s a bacterial infection deep down under your tissues. Have your dentist clean the area and check for a cause. It can be anything from gingivitis to gum disease to a tooth that needs to have a root canal.

All in all, if you notice changes in your mouth that don’t go away within a few days, it’s best to see your dentist!

Posted on behalf of Gold Hill Dentistry


Why an Abscess is Dangerous to Your Child’s Health

Posted in Root Canals

A toothache doesn’t seem like something that could be dangerous, but it could have the potential to place your child in the emergency room, or even develop a complicated condition such as an infection leading into their brain. Although this isn’t necessarily common, it is a condition that should be taken seriously when deciding how or when to have an oral infection treated.

Most abscesses in young children occur when tooth decay has entered into the nerve chamber of the tooth. Typically this will result in a painful condition, but for some children they may not have any symptoms at all. Abscesses usually cause the formation of a fistula, or small pimple, on the side of the gums near the tooth. This is an attempt for the tooth to drain the infection, which has invaded the area around the roots of the teeth. Proper treatment is to remove all of the infection and seal off the nerve chamber with root canal therapy and place a crown over the tooth. Leaving the abscess open and untreated will continue to allow bacteria to enter into the tooth and complicate the infection. Swelling has the potential to spread throughout the side of the face, and as mentioned before, into the brain.

Severe infections may be treated with antibiotics in the beginning so that swelling and infection can be minimized before clinical treatment is performed. Unfortunately, antibiotics are not a cure-all for this type of infection, as tooth decay is still present and an abscess will only recur later on. Ask your child’s dentist about treating decay while it’s smaller and easier to correct!

Posted on behalf of Gold Hill Dentistry


Swelling in my Mouth and a Severe Toothache, Now What?

Posted in Root Canals

Well the first thing to do is call your dentist and get an appointment to see them as soon as possible, because these are symptoms of a abscessed tooth, which is an infection of a tooth.  Often this occurs as a result of tooth decay or bacteria entering the tooth thru a cracked filling or other means, resulting in a bacterial infection of the pulp of the tooth.

Since the tooth has blood vessels, which are obviously connected to the blood vessels throughout the body, an untreated tooth infection can spread to the jaw and eventually throughout the body, which is a serious and potentially life threatening condition.

The exact treatment for an infected tooth varies from patient to patient depending on the extent of the infection.  In some cases the dentist will recommend that the tooth be removed and the patient under go treatment with antibiotics, until all traces of the infection are eliminated.  In other cases, the treatment may be a root canal, where the pulp and nerve of the tooth are removed.

In addition, the dentist will also use a combination of antibiotics applied to the inside of the tooth, as well as oral antibiotics. Once the infection has been eliminated, the dentist will protect the tooth from further damage by installing a crown over the damaged tooth, but the tooth will still be completely functional.

A tooth abscess is a dental emergency and should be treated immediately and aggressively.  In addition to being extremely painful as the infection spreads, it is also a potentially very serious medical condition.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.


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