Dental pain can be extremely uncomfortable and in some cases, even debilitating. The moment pain occurs, it’s important to schedule a visit with one of our highly trained dentists as soon as possible at Brian E. Woodard DDS in Grove City, OH. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something needs attention.
The root cause of pain varies from patient to patient. It could be something as simple as an ill-fitting oral device that needs to be adjusted to a severe tooth infection. If pain is left untreated, it could develop into a serious health condition. Studies have shown that the condition of your mouth has a direct impact on your overall oral health. Unaddressed tooth decay and gum disease can lead to diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and even a stroke.
Causes of Dental Pain
Common causes of dental pain and discomfort can include:
- Cracked or broken tooth: When the top layer of a tooth is damaged (the enamel), it exposes the more sensitive layers of the tooth, increasing your chances for damaging the underlying layers and roots of the tooth.
- Damaged filling or crown: A loose filling or crown can cause food and bacteria to get trapped between the tooth and dental work, causing an infection to develop. The sooner you can address the issue, the greater your chances of preventing further damage from occurring.
- Teeth grinding or jaw clenching: This is often the result of an improper bite, stress, or ill-fitting dental work. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can cause significant wear and tear on your teeth and jaw, increasing your chances for tooth decay, cracked teeth, and TMJ disorder.
- Tooth decay: Plaque buildup is a natural result of the foods and beverages we consume. Although routine oral care can help keep plaque buildup at bay, often times tooth decay can develop between teeth and in difficult-to-reach areas of the tooth, causing enamel erosion.
- Gum disease: This is a serious infection of the soft and hard tissues of the mouth. When caught early, side effects are often reversible. However, when gum disease advances, the disease is chronic and may require specialized treatment and even surgery to protect your overall oral and physical health.
- Abscessed tooth: This is often the result of unaddressed tooth decay that has penetrated the roots of the tooth.
Signs and Symptoms
If you are experiencing any of the below side effects, you may have a cavity or serious tooth infection:
- Radiating pain from the jaw to ear
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods
- Throbbing pain
- Chronic or acute pain
- Pain when biting down or chewing
- Bad taste in your mouth around the affected tooth
- Visible signs of infection
During your consultation, Dr. Woodard or Dr. Kryszan will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and jawbone using digital x-ray technology to determine the cause of the dental pain and discomfort. Once the issue has been identified, they will proceed with the proper treatment.
Below are common treatments we perform for patients with dental pain and discomfort:
- Cosmetic Filling: The tooth and surrounding tissues are deadened with a local anesthetic before the unhealthy bacteria is removed. Once the tooth has been adequately cleaned, the doctor will apply tooth-colored composite resin over the tooth, carefully molded to repair and restore the structural integrity of the tooth.
- Dental Crown: For patients with a severely damaged or decayed tooth, we can provide a custom-made dental crown made from strong and durable porcelain. This device is designed to cap the tooth and restore the aesthetics and function back to the tooth.
- Root Canal Therapy: In cases where the infection has penetrated the roots of a tooth, root canal therapy will be required. This treatment involves removing the pulp, nerves, and roots within the center of the tooth and replacing it with a rubber-like material. The doctor will then attach a customized dental crown to refurbish the tooth.
- Scaling and Root Planing: For patients with the beginning stages of gum disease, a deep cleaning involving scaling and root planing may be recommended. This treatment uses special dental instruments to remove the unhealthy bacteria from below the gum line and base of the tooth to prevent gum recession and jawbone deterioration.
Contact Us Today
If you are experiencing dental pain or discomfort of any kind, please contact our Grove City, OH office today online or by calling (614) 875-9500 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Woodard or Dr. Kryszan. If your pain occurs in the middle of the night, we have an after hours emergency number you can call: (614) 935-3967.