If you have a toothache, the first step is to call Meadowbrook Family Dental. Sore teeth or gums can show a bigger oral health issue that may need to be fixed by the Meadowbrook team. You’re toothache is our top task! Below are a few of the most common reasons for a toothache.
This might be the first reason you thought of when your toothache began. Did you know? Food, drinks, and normal wear-and-tear can damage your tooth’s protective layer, called enamel. This can expose the layer underneath to more damage and yellowing. Typically, this is how a cavity is formed. Dr. Lau and his team may want to add a filling to repair the hurt tooth.
Sometimes gum related problems can be forgotten about by a patient with toothache. However, your gums are just as important as your teeth. You’re toothache may be a ‘gum-ache’. Here is how it works. When bacteria builds up on your gums it can cause gum disease. The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, and this can be undone with professional cleanings at Meadowbrook Family Dental. Although, once the disease advances, it becomes periodontal disease, which can be maintained but not reversed.
Your toothache can hurt your overall health. If gum disease spreads it can begin to the attack the soft core of the tooth called the pulp. This is where your blood vessels are located. If the pulp is destroyed a fluid filled sac can form and may infect the surrounding blood vessels. This is not good! The sac can cause the infection to spread throughout the body and badly affect your overall health. Treating an infection early is the key to keeping your oral and overall health.
Jaw pain is often mistaken for a toothache, because it occurs near the back molars. TMD can develop through repetitive grinding or chewing. So, if you grind your teeth while driving or sleeping, stop today! This can hurt your jaw and teeth. The joint can wear down causing it to easily pop in and out of the socket when the mouth opens or closes. This causes the click in your jaw that you may hear when opening your mouth wide. If you have jaw pain, visit Meadowbrook to examine your mouth and review possible treatment options. If this is not treated, overtime, you may reduce the range of motion of your jaw or have a locked jaw. Extreme cases may need surgery. Take care of this early, because surgery is more expensive and takes more time than earlier options.
You don’t have to live in pain! If you have a toothache, the first thing you should do is call Meadowbrook Family Dental and tell us how you feel. For example, where does the toothache hurt the most? From there, the Meadowbrook team can plan a visit for an exam to find the best option for you. If you do not treat your toothache right away, they could develop into severe damage that may hurt your overall health. For more information, call Meadowbrook Family Dental at (916)-307-6035, today!