Hawaii Pacific Dental Group, Inc.

Treatments for Toothaches: Soothing Your Pain

By Dr. Rohinton J. Patel on February 13, 2018

A woman with a toothacheHave you ever had a really bad toothache? The pain might come on without warning, with a sharp or throbbing sensation in your mouth. Sometimes the pain is excruciating, and makes simple daily tasks impossible.

If you ever experience a toothache like this, contact our Hawaii Kai, HI dental practice immediately. The toothache may be the sign of a serious dental health issue that can only be addressed through restorative treatments. Let’s consider some common causes of toothaches and the treatments that are available.

Determining the Reason for the Toothache

Before any type of treatment can be performed, we’ll first get to the bottom of what’s causing your toothache. In addition to taking x-rays and using advanced diagnostic tools, we’ll discuss the problem with you. We’ll ask when the pain began, how severe it is, and which tooth or teeth are affected.

Once we’ve determined what problem you have, we’ll then address the issue using the most advanced tools and techniques at our disposal.

Filling a Cavity

Cavities are a common dental health problem. Severe tooth decay can cause pain when biting or chewing, and increased sensitivity to hot or cold food items. If you have a painful cavity, the use of a filling, inlay, onlay, or dental crown should do the trick.

Restoring a Fractured Tooth

A chip or crack on a tooth can lead to major pain when biting and chewing. Even small factories to the tooth structure leave the tissue inside of a tooth exposed. As with tooth decay, fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns are the ideal treatment for these issues.

Treating Gum Recession

When the gemlike recedes, it exposes the root structure of the teeth. This can lead to a number of problems, including increased tooth sensitivity. To treat gum recession, grafting procedures can be used to rebuild the gumline.

Remedies for Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Grinding your teeth at night can lead to soreness of the teeth and jaw in the morning. Fractures and gum recession can also be caused by teeth grinding. Dentists can design a night guard for patients who grind their teeth, which helps protect the teeth from harm. Additional therapies can be considered to reduce the intensity and frequency of grinding at night.

Correcting Crooked or Misalinged Teeth

When teeth are not properly aligned, the simple act of eating can lead to toothaches and pain. Orthodontic care will improve the alignment of your teeth and help prevent pain from occurring.

Removing Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are additional sets of molars that emerge during the late teens and early twenties. If they are impacted, they will press on the adjacent molars and cause pain. Oral surgery to remove these wisdom teeth is crucial for pain relieve and avoiding other dental problems down the road.

Root Canal Therapy for Infected Teeth

If a tooth is infected, the pain can be severe. To relieve the pain and prevent the spread of infection, patients need to undergo a root canal. This procedure removes the infected tissue inside of the tooth and sterilizes the interior of the tooth to prevent further problems.

Tooth Extraction

Sometimes a tooth that causes pain cannot be saved or restored. In these cases, tooth extraction is the only viable answer. Following the extraction of the problem tooth, a dentist can place a dental implant or discuss options for bridgework.

Learn More About Relieving Dental Pain

For more information about treating dental paint and toothaches, be sure to contact Hawaii Pacific Dental Group. Our team is here to help you smile without discomfort and with renewed confidence in your dental health.

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