Handling a toothache with help from your dentist in Norco

Believe it or not, a toothache is one of the most common dental emergencies. Although there are a number of underlying causes that can lead to oral pain, it is possible to find relief with a visit to your dentist in Norco. In any situation, unrelenting tooth pain should be evaluated by your dentist. Self-care at home with over the counter pain relievers is only a temporary solution for pain, which will worsen if the underlying cause is not treated.

Dentists typically address pain that falls into three categories.

Irritation from a cavity

Cavities are behind a vast number of toothache emergencies, causing intense irritation to the tooth nerve. This type of tooth pain may feel almost electrical in nature, with sharp sensitivity shooting or stabbing at a tooth. Pain may increase when sweets are consumed, or when hot or cold food or beverages are consumed. In many instances, pain will have no clear trigger, and will simply linger persistently, even affecting sleep or concentration.

There is no need to live with persistent tooth pain. In fact, doing so will only lead to heightened pain and the need for more extensive care. Prompt attention to tooth pain allows Dr. Shah to provide the most conservative restorative care, such as a dental filling, inlay, or onlay. Leaving a cavity untreated might lead to the need for root canal therapy. Rest assured that Dr. Shah has the extensive experience and gentle technique to solve your underlying dental issue so that you can enjoy relief from pain, as well as better oral health.

Irritation from bruxism

The nerves of teeth may be affected by pressure. This could occur when a tooth sits too high, causing hyper-occlusion, or when a person grinds or clenches his or her teeth. Irritation from pressure tends to feel more like a general ache, rather than sharp pain. This general irritation may be difficult to link to a specific tooth, or even a single arch. Sometimes, pain can begin to throb, with bouts of sharp sensations shooting through the tooth.

Discovering the cause behind general pain may take a process of elimination, first looking for irritation from a cavity. In the absence of damage, the bite can be assessed by Dr. Shah. Relieving this type of toothache may include the modification of a too-high tooth, or the custom-design of a mouth guard to be worn during sleep.

Irritation from periodontal infection

Our mouths contain millions of bacteria, some good, and some bad. Harmful bacteria cause cavities, as well as gum disease, which is an infection of gum tissue that can threaten underlying tooth and bone structure. Pain from periodontal infection may throb intensely at times, and feel like a dull ache at others. In many instances, it is possible to predict this type of pain by the sensations in a damaged tooth. Often, an affected tooth will be significantly damaged, and it will have exhibited nerve pain at some point. Once this pain dissipates, the dull ache of infection follows. The decrease in sharp nerve pain does not mean that oral health has somehow improved. In fact, it is a sign that the nerve in the affected tooth has died. Infection is still present and becomes even more serious, threatening not only surrounding teeth and supporting structures, but also systemic health.

Dr. Ami Shah has received extensive training and has years of clinical experience in recognizing, diagnosing, and treating conditions that affect oral health. In our office, we are committed to patient comfort. If you feel anxious about receiving care, let us know. Sedation is available to help you feel calm and confident during treatment.

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