If you have persistent pain in one of your teeth, this could indicate the presence of a cavity! Treating the factors behind your toothache could prevent the cavity from causing an infection and threatening the stability of your tooth. In today’s blog, your Garland, TX, dentist talks about treating toothaches.
What Does a Toothache Mean?
Do you have sensitivity when you eat or speak, or a toothache? If the pain only lasts a few hours, this could be related to sinus infections, allergies, or even changes in elevation or a cold winter wind. But if the pain continues for a day or two, this could mean you have an issue that needs treatment, such as a decayed or possibly even an infected tooth!
Tooth Decay and Dental Infection
A cavity means that injury or plaque buildup has weakened and eroded the enamel. The buildup could be the result of improper brushing and flossing, lack of professional cleanings, and a diet high in sugar and starch. As bacteria teach the inner dentin, this allows a cavity to form. Over time, this will grow and spread until the decay reaches the inner pulp. Now an infection will develop, and could even lead to the loss of your tooth unless treated!
If you have persistent pain in one or more of your teeth, then let us know right away. We will carefully examine your smile with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras so we can identify the presence of a cavity or infection, and plan treatment with precision and accuracy. For decay, we could use a lifelike dental filling to treat the problem in one visit. For an infection, we could use a root canal to halt the infection and then cap the tooth with a custom crown to offer a durable and lifelike restoration, protecting the tooth. We could also use crowns for more severe cases of tooth decay. If bruxism (teeth grinding) has damaged outer structure, dental bonding could often repair a tooth in one sitting and also offer a lifelike appearance.
If you have any questions about how to prevent or treat a case of tooth decay or an infected tooth, then contact our team today to learn more. We would love to schedule a checkup and cleaning with you and your family, helping you all enjoy your best smiles in 2022 and beyond!
Do You Have Aches in Your Smile?
Treating cavities in the early stages could protect your smile from infection and the risk of adult tooth loss. To learn more about protecting smiles from worsening discomfort, then please schedule a consultation today by contacting Mai Dentistry in Garland, TX at (972)-530-0552. You can also find our practice at 6850 N Shiloh Rd, Suite C Garland, TX 75044.