Part of being a mature human being is knowing when to worry about something and when to let something go. We try to teach these same skills to our children. A gushing wound is serious and needs to be addressed quickly. A small scratch still hurts, but we can ignore that pain. But what do you do when it’s a pain that you can’t see, like tooth pain?
Here at our office in Marrero, Louisiana, we see all sorts of tooth pain! We see a wide variety of causes for that pain as well. One of the most concerning things is seeing patients who have been living with their tooth pain for weeks, months, or years. This concerns us because we know how serious this pain can be!
Today, we want to talk about tooth pain and why it’s so important that you get it checked out, even when it seems like something you can ignore. The smallest start of tooth pain can quickly turn into a throbbing nightmare!
Tooth Pain Shouldn’t Be Ignored
Your teeth are unique when compared to the rest of your body. For example, if you break a bone, it will grow back together and heal. A tooth cannot do that. The tooth itself cannot return to function without the assistance of dental restorations, like fillings. So a small bit of pain might not seem like a big deal, but it’s the start of something more serious, and that’s why you simply cannot ignore it.
Small Problems Progress
Almost all tooth pain can be linked to bacteria. You mouth is full of good and bad bacteria. Your teeth are constantly under attack. One small problem in your tooth enamel gives bacteria a chance to invade. It can happen without your knowledge, but it will eventually become very known to you when the pain begins! Here’s how it progresses:
Injury – Sometimes tooth pain begins as an injury. Maybe you bit into something wrong or suffered a different sort of injury. Whatever the case may be, there is an opening in your tooth enamel where bacteria can go to do harm.
Decay – Not all pain is due to an injury. More often than not, pain begins due to untreated decay. Bacteria has already been working on your tooth enamel and is now deep in your tooth. In other words, you have a deep cavity that needs repair!
Infection – Whether due to injury or decay, when the tooth enamel allows bacteria deep into the tooth, you are at risk for infection. If you have been ignoring that small pain for quite some time, don’t be surprised to wake up one morning to the throbbing pain of a tooth infection.
Finding the Best Solution for Dental Pain
Our job is to end your pain. We do that using a variety of procedures like those listed below. Ranging from a simple fix to the extreme, we want to show you just how many tools we have to solve your pain in the most efficient way possible!
Fillings – You’re most familiar with fillings. We use filling material to restore a decayed area on a tooth. We can remove the bacteria and damage, fill the space with composite material, and your tooth is ready for action once again!
Crowns – In cases of a broken tooth or leaking filling, we have to take things to the next level. We can’t simply patch your tooth with a filling. Instead, we need to cover the entire tooth with a porcelain cap that will look and function like your natural tooth enamel. The crown will hold your tooth together as well as protect it from any further damage.
Root Canal – When a tooth is infected, we have to remove that infection before it damages the tooth root beyond repair. To remove an infection, we perform a root canal. Root canals have a bad name, but the procedure itself is actually no more uncomfortable than a filling. Once we’ve removed the infection, we will cover the tooth with a crown to complete the restoration.
Extraction – The extreme end of the line for a tooth calls for extraction. We only turn to extraction when there is absolutely nothing else we can do to save your tooth. Extractions at Lapalco Family Dental are comfortable and easy with the use of numbing agents and sedation dentistry.
Future Care to Prevent Pain
Once you’ve experienced tooth pain and had it repaired, you will probably want to do what you can to avoid it in the future! The best way to prevent tooth pain is to maintain your oral health routines. Brush your teeth twice each day. Floss at the end of every day. Keep your regular six month cleaning appointments. These are simple, no-fuss ways to make sure you keep healthy, strong teeth for the rest of your life!
Make Your Appointment Today!
Are you ready to take care of your tooth pain once and for all? Contact our office today to set up your consultation or appointment. We would love to have you come visit us soon. We don’t mind if you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, we are here to help! Call today!