Does your tooth hurt? A variety of causes can be responsible for a toothache. Our New York, NY, dentist at Emergency Dental Center shares a few reasons that you may experience tooth pain.
You have a cavity
Cavities develop when tooth decay destroys a portion of healthy tooth structure. During a visit to our New York office, the decayed part of your tooth will be removed and replaced with a durable filling material.
You have an infection
Tooth pain can be severe if you have an infection or inflammation in your tooth pulp. Your pain can be relieved by removing the pulp during a root canal and protecting the tooth with a crown. If you develop an abscess, you'll also need to take a course of antibiotics.
You have sensitive teeth
Sensitive teeth can make eating and drinking very painful. In fact, every time you take a bite of a hot, cold or sweet food, you may experience pain. Treatments for sensitivity include fluoride treatment to strengthen weak enamel, or the application of bonding materials to cover exposed roots. If your roots have become exposed due to gum disease, you'll need to treatment to improve the health of your gums and restore the tissue that normally covers your roots.
Your tooth was injured
A blow to your mouth can loosen or damage a tooth, causing pain. If your tooth hurts after an injury, call us as soon as possible.
You grind or clench your teeth
Grinding or clenching your teeth subjects them to very strong forces while you sleep. Eventually, your enamel can become eroded or you may crack a tooth or filling. Wearing a nightguard offers a simple way to protect your teeth if you grind or clench your teeth.
A filling is damaged
Wear and tear to a filling can cause it to crack or loosen. You may also have pain in a filled tooth if you've developed a new cavity in the tooth. Fortunately, the problem can be treated by removing the older filling and replacing it with a new one. If the filling is very large, you may also need a crown to protect the tooth.
Are you concerned about a toothache? Call our New York, NY, dentist at Emergency Dental Center at (646) 992-0930 to schedule an appointment.