Are you convinced that your toothache will get better if you just give it enough time? Although many aches and pains do improve with time, tooth pain typically worsens the longer you ignore it. Ignoring pain can also increase the risk that you'll need extensive dental work when you do eventually see a dentist. Menomonee Falls, WI, dentists Dr. Brian Stark, Dr. Thomas J. Dudley, & Dr. Malea M. Blise offer the dental care you need to protect your smile.
What can cause tooth pain?
Pain in a tooth may occur due to:
- Cavities: Tooth decay can cause a toothache, particularly if your cavity is large. If you put off a visit to the dentist, decay can destroy your entire tooth or spread to adjacent teeth. A filling may not be effective if you have a very large filling. You may need an inlay, onlay, or crown instead.
- Loose Fillings: Pain may occur if a filling has become loose and air enters the tooth. If you put off a dental visit, a new cavity may form around the margin of the filling.
- Cracked Teeth: Cracks tend to make teeth very sensitive and can allow bacteria to enter. Pain can occur when you chew or eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages. Cracked teeth can be caused by trauma, grinding your teeth at night, or wear and tear.
- Gum Disease: Your teeth and your entire mouth may hurt if you have gum disease. The disease is much easier to treat when it's diagnosed in the early stages. If your teeth hurt and your gums are sore, swollen, and painful, schedule an appointment with your Menomonee Falls dentist.
- Inflammation or Infection in Your Pulp: Tooth pain may be due to inflamed or infected tooth pulp. Removing the pulp during root canal therapy will eliminate your symptoms and help you avoid tooth loss.
- Abscess: You may also experience tooth pain if you have an abscess, a bacterial infection in a tooth or your gums. Abscesses never go away on their own and can put your health in jeopardy if they're not treated promptly. Without antibiotic treatment, the bacteria may enter your bloodstream and infect other parts of your body.
- Sinusitis: Tooth pain may occur when fluids in your sinuses press on your teeth during a bout of sinusitis. Although the pain goes away eventually, it may be difficult to tell if you have a cavity or sinusitis if you don't see the dentist.
A visit to the dentist can end your tooth pain. Call Menomonee Falls, WI, dentists Dr. Brian Stark, Dr. Thomas J. Dudley, & Dr. Malea M. Blise at (262) 251-6555 to schedule your appointment.