Many patients come to our Marietta dental office complaining of tooth pain. Dr. Michael Mulkey, Dr. David Hildreth, and Dr. Melissa Kennedy are very familiar with all types of dental pain and offer a wide range of services to treat discomfort.
Common Causes of Tooth Pain
Sensitive Teeth: Sensitive teeth can cause extreme tooth pain, especially when eating hot or cold foods/drinks. For intermittent tooth sensitivity, your dentist may suggest a special tooth paste for sensitive teeth to minimize or eliminate tooth pain symptoms.
Persistent tooth sensitivity that causes moderate or severe tooth pain can be a sign of tooth grinding, tooth decay or other dental problem. Your dentist will examine the tooth and create a personalized treatment plan. For tooth decay, a root canal may be necessary. If you are grinding your teeth, the dentist may make a special mouthguard that you wear at night to stop teeth from grinding.
Tooth Cavities: A tooth cavity can cause tooth pain when decay or infection reaches the tooth pulp. A root canal is the most common type of treatment for a cavity that is causing toothache. The dentist will remove the inflamed or diseased tooth pulp and seal the tooth with a dental crown.
If the pain is severe and causing swelling or fever, you may have an abscessed tooth. This is a serious condition that causes infection of the tooth pulp as well as surrounding gum and possibly bone. If you are experiencing this type of tooth pain, contact our Marietta dental office for an appointment with one of our dentists.
Jaw Pain: If your tooth pain is concentrated in the jaw or face, you may have a TMJ disorder. Tooth pain can be a result of pressure in the jaw joints and/or pressure from grinding or clenching teeth.
Pain When Chewing: If you experience tooth pain when you chew or bite, you could have a cracked tooth, broken crown, or loose filling. Another cause may be a tooth cavity. Your dentist will examine your condition and create a personalized treatment plan
Damaged or Lost Filling: Sometimes a filling can fall out or be damaged, exposing the cavity again and leading to pain. A visit to your dentist can determine if this is the case and how to best treat it.
Abscessed Tooth: An abscess forms in your gums when there is an infection at the tooth’s roots. Abscesses are extremely painful and only a dentist will treat it. Antibiotics can be administered which should clear up the infection although other procedures may be necessary to prevent a recurrence. Failure to treat an abscess can lead to a widespread infection that could threaten your health or even your life.
Wisdom Teeth: When your wisdom teeth begin to erupt, it can be very painful and include swelling, and stiffness of the jaw. If wisdom teeth don’t have enough room to grow in, they can bump up against other molars causing pain and infections. This condition is called impaction. Dr. Mulkey will be able to determine if the wisdom teeth are coming in properly or if they should be removed.
Injuries: Injuries caused by such things as contact sports or an accident can create any number of problems including a “bruised” or deeply discolored tooth, a broken tooth, or loss of one or more teeth.
Orthodontic Treatment: Having braces adjusted can be painful. This is perfectly normal. Using an over-the-counter pain medicine, or if the issue is caused by the hardware itself, a little ball of dental wax, both sold at your local drugstore, should help.
Teeth Whitening: Most patients will experience some discomfort after a professional teeth-whitening treatment, but the pain should go away within a day or so. Talk to Dr. Mulkey if it becomes too painful or problematic.
No matter what the reason, we know that living with tooth pain can be a miserable experience. Schedule an appointment with Lost Mountain Dental online today, or call (678) 212-1280 to schedule. We will do our best to identify the underlying problem and help you find fast relief.