Posts for tag: Tooth Pain
Determining which of your teeth is causing your toothache isn’t always easy — or even if it’s a tooth at all. The pain could be coming from a tooth, the gums, or both. Only a thorough dental examination can pinpoint the exact cause and best course of treatment.
If a decayed tooth is the problem, the pain may be coming from nerves and other tissue deep within the tooth’s pulp. The symptoms could be dull or sharp, constant or intermittent, specific to one area or spread out. It’s even possible for the pain to suddenly subside after a few days. This doesn’t mean the infection has subsided, but rather that the infected nerves have died and no longer transmit pain. Pain can also radiate from the actual source and be felt somewhere else — the pain in your sinuses, for example, could actually originate from an infected back tooth.
If the source is periodontal (gum) disease, the infection has begun in the gum tissues. As they become more inflamed they lose their connectivity with the teeth, bone loss occurs and the gums may “recess” or draw back. This exposes the tooth root, which without the protective cover of the gum tissues becomes highly sensitive to changes in temperature or pressure. As a result you may encounter sharp pain when you eat or drink something hot or cold, or bite down.
Treating these issues will depend on the actual infection source. An infected tooth often requires a root canal treatment to clean out the pulp and root canals of dead or infected tissue, fill them with a special filling, and seal and crown the tooth to prevent future infection. If the source is gum disease, we must manually remove the bacterial plaque causing the disease from all tooth and gum surfaces to stop the infection and allow the gums to heal. In advanced cases, surgical procedures may be necessary to repair damage and encourage new gum and bone growth.
Where dental disease has spread from tooth to gums or vice-versa, you may need treatments for both areas to address your overall condition. Whatever the treatment course, we can put an end to your tooth pain and restore health to your teeth and gums.
If you would like more information on the sources of mouth pain, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Confusing Tooth Pain.”
How a root canal from your endodontist in Charlotte, NC, can save your smile
Do you have a toothache? You may be tempted to try and forget about it, hoping it goes away. That’s not a good idea, because if it's tooth decay, it will get worse and you may eventually need a root canal or even a tooth extraction. Dr. Ramesh K. Sunar at Charlotte Root Canal Center in Charlotte, NC, wants to share why you shouldn’t ignore your tooth pain.
Tooth pain can be caused from a wide variety of issues. Accidents and injuries can traumatize your tooth, breaking off tooth structure and bruising the inner chamber of your tooth, called the pulp. The pulp is where the blood supply and nerves are located.
Tooth decay is another cause of tooth pain. If decay penetrates through the enamel and into the dentin layer underneath, you may have tooth pain. If the decay goes untreated and penetrates into the pulp, you probably need a root canal. If the tooth damage is too severe, you may be looking at a tooth extraction. The important take-away is, it can be painful, expensive, and dangerous to ignore your tooth pain!
If you have tried to ignore your tooth pain, you may start experiencing some of these signs and symptoms:
- Increased dental pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages
- Increased pain when you bite down or chew
- Continuous aching and throbbing pain throughout the day and night
- Tooth pain so severe you can’t sleep
You may also notice changes in your gums around the tooth root. You may see a red or white bump on your gums near the tooth root along with bleeding, drainage or pus coming from the bump. These are all indications of a dental abscess and that you need a root canal. If you avoid root canal therapy, there is a chance of acquiring dangerous facial cellulitis or a sinus, brain, or heart infection.
Instead of ignoring your tooth pain, get some help by calling Dr. Ramesh K. Sunar at Charlotte Root Canal Center in Charlotte, NC. You deserve to enjoy a lifetime of pain-free smiles so call today!