3 Common Causes Of Dental Pain
When it comes to dental problems, there’s one that Kentuckians are more likely to experience than anything else: pain. According to recent statistics from the American Dental Association, it’s true regardless of income. While teeth and gum pain is the most commonly cited problem among low-income adults, nearly three out of 10 high-income adults say they experience it too.
And though teeth seem like a relatively small part of the body, they can really cause a lot of discomfort. In fact, dental pain can be so debilitating that it interferes with your ability to work and play!
At Beaumont Family Dentistry, your comfort is our priority. If you’re experiencing severe dental pain, we can help you get the relief you need fast. We have three convenient locations in Lexington, KY. Call the office nearest you, and we’ll get you in as soon as possible. Even if you’re calling after hours or on the weekend, you’ll still be able to reach a compassionate on-call dentist.
In the meantime, read on to learn about three common causes of dental pain and how we can help.
1. Tooth Decay
Cavities can be a pain. We don’t mean that they can be a hassle to take care of — they can literally be the cause of a toothache if they’re not properly addressed! Tooth decay occurs when bacterial buildup releases a weak acid that causes deterioration of enamel, which is the hard, protective outer layer of your teeth. As the enamel wears away, it can cause cavities that expose the inner, more sensitive parts of your tooth.
Luckily, Beaumont Family Dentistry makes it easy to take care of cavities — even if they’ve been there a while. Using a tooth-colored filling, we’re able to quickly and discreetly patch up the damage! And for more severe cavities, we can restore the health and appearance of the tooth with a same-day dental crown.
2. Abscessed Tooth
If decay is left untreated for too long, it’s possible for the nerves within the tooth to become infected. This sort of infection threatens the health of the tooth, and at a certain point, the tooth can become damaged beyond repair and need to be extracted.
But it’s always best to save your natural teeth when possible, and one of the ways to eradicate infection and restore the health of a badly infected tooth is with a root canal procedure. Contrary to stereotypes, this treatment is actually fairly comfortable for the patient. It consists of making a small entry point in the damaged tooth, removing infected tissue, and then replacing it with an inert material that will help prevent future infection.
Then, we’ll restore the appearance of the tooth with a filling or dental crown. That’s it! And if you’re feeling anxious about the procedure or simply want to have a stress-free and pain-free experience, we offer three forms of sedation dentistry to help keep you comfortable.
3. Gum Disease
Sometimes, dental pain has less to do with your teeth and more to do with your gums! Advanced forms of gum disease, a bacterial infection of the tissue surrounding your teeth, can cause tooth pain and leave you susceptible to tooth decay and tooth loss!
Some of the signs of gum disease include:
- Red, tender, or swollen gums
- Gum recession
- Bad breath
- Bleeding when you brush or floss
- Shifting of teeth
- Loose teeth
- Sensitivity or pain
If you believe you’re experiencing pain as a result of gum disease, or if it’s been awhile since your last checkup, give us a call. Our talented staff offers non-surgical gum disease treatment that knocks out infection. We can even repair gumline damage in a way that’s minimally invasive and requires little recovery time!
Stop Dental Pain In Its Tracks
Don’t let dental pain rule your life. There are comfortable and convenient solutions within your reach! All you have to do is call the Beaumont Family Dentistry location nearest you to schedule a consultation. You can also use our online form to request an appointment.