For as small as teeth are, they can cause major pain if something’s amiss. A severe toothache can be caused by a variety of dental complications, and the key to alleviating the dental pain is figuring out exactly what wrong.
At Lakeside Dentistry, our highly skilled team of dental professionals can work with you to relieve your discomfort and repair the damage fast. We offer extended hours most days of the week, opening at 7:30 a.m. on weekdays and staying opening until 7 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Dr. Jim Gores, Dr. Lucy Gores, and Dr. Peggy Scott have nearly 60 years of experience between them, so they’ve helped many patients experiencing dental discomfort.
If you are currently in pain, there are a couple things you can do right now. Apply an ice pack to the side of your face to reduce any swelling, and take an over-the-counter pain medication for temporary respite from your toothache. Then call us at 507-316-6444 to schedule an appointment.
In the meantime, read on for three common causes of dental pain, as well as what our Rochester, MN office can do to help you in those situations.
1. Tooth Decay
Cavities can sneak up on you. At first, you might not even realize that tooth decay has created a tiny hole or opening in your tooth. But left alone, your teeth might become hypersensitive to cold and hot drinks, as well as sugary snacks. The cavity will increase in size and before you know it, you’re in a world of hurt.
Untreated cavities can cause a spontaneous toothache. If tooth decay is the cause of your dental pain, you might also experience:
- Visible holes in your teeth
- Pain when you bite down on the tooth
- Staining on the surface of your tooth (usually brown, black, or white in color)
So, what do you do if you have a painful cavity? The team at Lakeside Dentistry can help you out with a tooth filling. We offer both amalgam and composite tooth fillings. Amalgam fillings, made of metal, are incredibly durable. They’re often used on surfaces that will experience a lot of wear.
Composite fillings are becoming more and more popular among dentists and patients. They’re made to match the natural color of your tooth, so they’re more discreet than amalgam fillings. Both types of fillings will effectively fill the cavity and protect your tooth.
2. Abscessed Tooth
If tooth decay is left untreated for too long, it’s possible that the nerves of your tooth will become infected and the tooth will abscess. This can be incredibly painful, and the problem doesn’t just go away on its own. In fact, the infection can spread to other parts of your body, including your neck and head.
In addition to the pain, an abscessed tooth is often accompanied by swelling and gum redness. You might also experience a fever and swollen lymph nodes. It is an infection, after all.
If you suspect you have an abscessed tooth, we’ll likely suggest root canal therapy to save the tooth.
We know that root canals have a reputation for being scary and painful. But the pain associated with root canals actually stems mostly from the pain the procedure is trying to eradicate!
When you come to Lakeside Dentistry for a root canal, we’ll thoroughly numb the tooth to ensure your comfort.
Then, Dr. Gores will remove the infection that exists inside the tooth. After the infected dental pulp has been cleaned out, we’ll begin to “bandage” up the tooth. We’ll fill the canals inside the tooth with an inert material that will prevent future infection and pain. Then, we’ll seal the tooth with a dental crown or filling.
3. Gum Disease
Sometimes, what seems like tooth pain actually stems from your gums. Like cavities, gum disease can sneak up you. It’s an infection of the gums that might go undetected at first (without routine checkups, of course). But when it worsens into an aggressive form of gum disease called periodontitis, it can wreak havoc on your gums and teeth.
Periodontitis is often marked by gum line recession. When the gum line recedes, it can expose the roots of your teeth, causing your teeth to become sensitive. It also leaves the roots of your teeth susceptible to decay.
At Lakeside Dentistry, we offer deep cleanings to eradicate the infection that drives gum disease. In severe cases of gum line recession, we might recommend a procedure to repair the damage.
Get Relief From Your Dental Pain!
When your teeth are causing you pain, it’s difficult to focus on even the smallest everyday tasks. The compassionate team at Lakeside Dentistry will help you figure out what’s causing your discomfort, and repair the damage fast.