July 30, 2015
Pain is a funny thing. Ordinarily, when we are in pain, we want it to go away quickly, right? If you cut your finger, you want the pain to stop! We use ice and medicines to take away the feeling of pain. Often, this is all that is needed, but sometimes pain is a sign of a larger problem.
Pain in your tooth, for example, is there for a reason. Yet many of us want to ignore that pain and pretend that it isn’t there. We will go to great lengths to avoid taking the pain to the one place where it can be resolved: the dentist’s office!
It’s time to change the way we approach dental pain. Hiding and avoiding will only make the problem become more serious. When it comes to dental pain, the best approach is to nip it in the bud. This is what’s best for your tooth, but it is also what is best for you!
Don’t Tolerate Pain
You don’t have to tolerate dental pain. It’s one of the worst kinds of pain because it is so constant. Everything you put in your mouth will make the pain worse, which means eating and drinking are now dangerous business! You can’t go to work or school with that type of pain.
The good news is that you don’t have to live with dental pain. One quick trip to our office will get you the care you need. We can even fit you into our schedule on the day you call. We specialize in emergency dental care! The longer you wait, the more serious the problem.
Pain is a Sign of a Problem
There are many reasons why you tooth might begin to hurt, and they are all problems. It’s possible for a tooth to crack or break without you knowing it. You might bite down on something the wrong way but not immediately feel the pain. When you do, you won’t be able to ignore it.
More often than not, the pain is a result of a problem that has been building for a long time: decay. This is especially true for patients who don’t come in for their routine cleanings and exams. If we don’t catch the decay while it is still small, it will result in a painful toothache.
Most Common Problem: A Cavity
Decay, or cavities, can be very painful if they are allowed to grow in your teeth. Let’s take a look at how cavities happen and what we can do to end the pain and restore the function of your tooth.
How it Happens
A cavity is decay in your tooth. It begins with bacteria. As you eat, food particles get caught in the nooks and crannies of your teeth. Bacteria find the particles and feast. Through this process, the bacteria produce acid, which then damages your tooth enamel. The enamel gets so weak that the bacteria are now in the softer parts of your tooth, which is when you begin to feel the pain of a cavity. The dentin of your tooth is exposed, which is very painful.
What We Can Do
Our job is to restore your tooth to its needed function. We will first remove the damage from your tooth. This means cleaning the bacteria and damaged enamel from your tooth. Once the tooth is clean and the cavity emptied, we will fill it back up with a sturdy filling material. Once the filling is dry, we will polish your tooth to make it look and feel like your natural tooth again.
Choose the Filling Material for You
We offer two types of filling material: amalgam and composite. Each has pros and cons. Amalgam has been used for decades. It is a very strong, functional filling that is great for the teeth in the back of your mouth that do the difficult chewing. The problem is that amalgam fillings don’t look very good.
Many patients prefer composite fillings because they serve the function of the filling, but they match the color of your natural teeth. This means that we can use composite fillings anywhere in your mouth! You’ll never even know they are there.
Have a Happier, Healthier Smile!
Pain in your tooth won’t go away on its own. You won’t be able to ignore it and hope for the best. If your tooth hurts, you need to get care immediately. Come into our office where we can help you have a fantastic experience that ends in a happy, healthy smile!
Contact us today to set up your next routine appointment, and add our number to your list of contacts so that you will be able to reach us in the event of an emergency. We can’t wait to see you and your smile very soon!