There are many causes of tooth pain. Sometimes it is directly related to your teeth, such as decay or gum disease. Other times it is indirectly related to your teeth, such as pressure or infection in your sinuses. Our experience has led us to the following top 10 reasons for tooth pain: Tooth decay Tooth abcess Gum disease Tooth fractures Temperature Sensitivity Damaged fillings or sealants Teeth grinding or clenching Improper brushing or flossing Misaligned teeth or impacted wisdom teeth Orthodontic Alignment If you are having pain or sensitivity it is important to see a Dentist right away. Waiting too Read More →
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Top 10 reasons for tooth pain
PRO’S and CON’S of saving vs. extracting a tooth
via GIPHY When a patient arrives with an aching tooth, their first thought may be to “TAKE THIS THING OUT”! For some cases an extraction may be the only option; however, that is a decision that you and your dentist can make together. Making the best choice now could save you time and money in the long run. Many times when a patient arrives with a constant, throbbing tooth, it likely needs a root canal. A root canal replaces infected pulp in a tooth’s canal and may be completed by your General Dentist or by an Endodontist. Once the root Read More →
What could be causing your tooth pain?
We’ve all been there, waking up in the middle of the night, not being able to fall asleep, and enduring a long, painful day, all because of a toothache. We’ve asked out doctors to help us in identifying the most common reasons for dental pain, listed below. Some of the more common ways dental pain is experienced are: Sensitivity to temperature Pain when biting or chewing Dull or throbbing aches Constant Pain The most common issues associated with these types of pain include: Infection: If you have swollen gums, a small bump on your gums, or fluid or pus present, Read More →
How do you know if you have a cavity?
Have you ever woke up with a toothache and feared you may have a cavity? You may not have known that a cavity was forming on your tooth because not all cavities are visible to the naked eye. Here are some signs and symptoms to look for if you fear you may have a cavity: -Pain while biting down. -Pain while eating or drinking something sweet. -Pain while eating or drinking something hot/cold. -Holes or pits on the biting surface of your tooth. -Brown or black stain on any surface of your tooth. The most common place for cavities to Read More →
Could you be damaging your teeth without knowing it?
Could you be damaging your teeth without knowing it? We all have habits that may be wrecking our teeth on a daily basis. Here are a few of the most common ones: Chewing on ice Ice chewers beware. I’ve seen this habit ruin even the most perfect teeth in our dental office. Chewing on hard, frozen ice can chip and even crack you teeth resulting in worn down and broken front teeth and fractured back teeth. Generally the only treatment to fix a broken or fractured tooth is with a crown. If a fracture from ice chewing is too deep Read More →
What is a Cavity?
We asked our licensed dental assistants to tell us about the signs and symptoms of cavities and what we can do to prevent them. A cavity (known as tooth decay or caries) often begin with no symptoms at all. Early signs of a cavity may include discoloration (typically brown, black, or chalky white) and sensitivity to hot, cold, pressure, or sweets. Enamel is the first layer of our teeth, it is white in color, and is the hardest substance in our bodies. It is the outer protective shell for many layers within the tooth. Bacteria, food particles, and saliva work together to form plaque and Read More →
What about those root canals?
We’d like to start this post off with a joke from our very own Dr. Michael Lose. Question: What is a dentist’s favorite waterway? Answer: A root canal, of course! Ask anyone, and they will tell you that root canals are nothing to laugh about. As a matter of fact, Hollywood loves to demonize the root canal wherever it can in movies and T.V. shows. The truth be told, nobody wants to have a root canal. But when you have a toothache, root canal treatment can be a life-saver and a “tooth-saver.” Two or three generations ago, dentists would extract a Read More →
My child had a tooth knocked out. What do I do?
First, if the tooth is a baby tooth, DON’T plan on replanting the tooth. Replanting baby teeth can cause damage to the developing permanent tooth and is not recommended. However, if the tooth is a permanent tooth, grab the tooth by the crown (not the root) and very gently clean any debris off the tooth with water, being careful not to remove and tissue attached to the root. Next, gently insert the tooth back into the socket (you can do it!) Make sure the tooth isn’t in there backwards (easy mistake) and call your dentist ASAP. If you cannot bring Read More →