Some people are nervous about going to the dentist, and they will postpone a dental visit even if they have a toothache. Dental anxiety is not uncommon, and many dentists make an extra effort to make the care of toothache pain less stressful for an anxious patient. Milestone Dental Richmond is here to help with your toothache or for a routine cleaning.
Grinding your teeth while you sleep
Do you find yourself waking up to a dull headache and sore teeth on many occasions? If so, you may be grinding your teeth throughout the night. Teeth grinding can be induced by stress, anxiety, or a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea. You should consider treating these underlying conditions alongside visiting your dentist about your tooth pain. If left untreated, your teeth can be worn down and cause further pain, decay, and sensitivity.
Dentists will provide you with a bite plate, or mouth guard, that fits over your teeth and protects them from further wear and tear. Your dentist may recommend visiting a sleep specialist to pinpoint the exact cause of your grinding.
Plaque buildup can lead to tooth decay
Bacteria, food, and improper care can all cause tooth decay. Tooth decay is the damage that occurs when plaque builds up on your teeth. Plaque contains bacteria that create acid, which can destroy the enamel on your teeth over time. If left untreated, the tooth decay can affect many layers of teeth, creating cavities, or depending on the extent of damage, can result in the loss of the tooth.
Avoid eating foods that are high in sugar, foods with high acidity, and high amounts of carbohydrates. Brush and floss regularly and see your dentist for checkups to prevent tooth decay.
Tooth abscess results in sharp, persistent pain
An abscess of the tooth is a deep-rooted infection that causes severe tooth pain. The infection present in an abscessed tooth eats through the enamel, into the root of the tooth, which may spread to the bones that support the tooth. The pain may be sharp, throbbing, and sensitive. Other symptoms beyond pain include: fever, swollen neck glands, foul smelling breath, and a bitter taste in your mouth.
To treat tooth abscess, a dentist will probe your teeth with a dental instrument, and the abscessed tooth will radiate pain when tapped. A strategy will be developed to eliminate the infection through draining with root canal therapy. This will allow your dentist to preserve the tooth and prevent further complication.
Lack of hygiene and checkups can form gingivitis and periodontitis
A precursor to gum disease is gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when the bacteria in plaque builds up and infects the gum areas. The gums become inflamed and often bleed when flossing and brushing. If gingivitis is left untreated, the bacteria can advance under the gum line and manifest into a condition known as periodontitis.
Periodontitis, or gum disease, is the form of gum disease where the most permanent damage can occur. The infected layer of the gums begins to pull away from the tooth and form pockets in the bone. These pockets become breeding grounds for further infection, resulting in the connective tissue disintegrating. As periodontitis progresses, the teeth become loose and fall out.
Your teeth can crack from mistreatment
Enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, containing 96 percent minerals. Despite being harder than bone, the enamel on your teeth is prone to cracking from poor treatment, such as: chewing on ice, pens, or grinding your teeth.
Cracked teeth show a variety of symptoms; unfortunately all of them involve pain. You may experience pain when you’re chewing or when your tooth is exposed to extreme temperatures in food. Extensive cracks may lead into more serious issues. The crack can become infected and spread to the gum and bone surrounding the tooth. It is strongly advised to seek help as soon as your experience symptoms of a cracked tooth before other problems arise.
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