Sharp. Dull. Throbbing. Each of these words can
describe a toothache, and they may help the dentist identify the cause of your
pain. Toothaches can make it hard or even impossible for you to eat, talk,
sleep, and function throughout your day.
Whatever you think the cause is, it’s never a good idea to
ignore pain. At the dental office of Richard L. Rodgers II, DDS, FAGD,
in Atlanta, GA, we can (1) get you out of pain, (2) determine the cause of your
toothache, (3) treat the issue, and (4) work with you for a plan to lower your
risk of a repeat experience. If you or a loved one is suffering, call our office today at (404)
577-6620 to schedule an emergency
dental appointment. We will try to see you the same day you call.
Common Toothache Causes
There are plenty of toothache causes, but we’re going to
cover the most common ones here:
- You have a cavity: When the enamel on
your teeth decays, a hole forms—this is a cavity. If it grows deeper, coming close
to the nerves inside your teeth, it will be especially painful. Most people can
feel the symptoms of a cavity months before an unbearable toothache. It’s in
this early phase when you should see Dr. Rodgers. Without treatment, a mild
toothache that could have been treated with a filling can advance to require a
crown or root canal.
- You fractured a tooth: Eating hard
foods or getting hit in the face with a football can break or crack a tooth. It’s
common to feel pain after trauma to your mouth, but if it doesn’t clear up
after a couple of days, a visit to your dentist should be a priority.
- Your wisdom teeth are coming in. If
you don’t have enough room for your wisdom teeth to develop correctly, they
will push on neighboring teeth or cause inflammation or infection in your gums.
Many patients have their wisdom teeth removed to remedy the pain. However, if
your pain is only caused by the teeth erupting, and your mouth is large enough
to accommodate them, sometimes ibuprofen can provide pain relief until the
teeth break through the gums. The only way to know if your mouth is large
enough for your wisdom teeth, and to rule out impaction, is to visit Dr.
Rodgers for an x-ray and exam.
- You grind your teeth at night. Misalignment
of your teeth, anxiety, stress, and other medical conditions can cause bruxism,
or teeth grinding. If your tooth pain is partnered with a tight jaw, sore face,
or dull headache, you could suffer from TMJ disorder. Dr. Rodgers can examine
your jaw to see if you have TMJ disorder or if your bruxism is caused by
something else. He may suggest a night guard to protect your teeth.
- Your gums are receding. If your pain
flares up when you eat hot or cold foods, gum recession may be the cause. Gum
recession usually stems from gum disease. As gums pull away from teeth due to
bacterial infection, teeth roots are exposed. The roots of our teeth are not
protected by enamel, so when they encounter temperature changes or pressure, you
feel pain. Treating gum disease can
often promote natural restoration of gum tissue. In some cases, gum grafting
may be required.
No one should have to live with toothache pain, but many do
because of cost. Our friendly staff can work with your insurance company to get
you maximum benefits. We also accept CareCredit®, which offers low- and
no-interest rate financing for patients. Rest assured, we’ll always give you an
estimation of fees upfront so you will know what to expect. We won’t surprise
you with unexpected costs.
Visit Your Atlanta, GA Dentist Today
Whatever the cause of your toothache, don’t ignore it. When
the problem is detected and treated early, you can avoid potential pain and
expensive procedures. Allow Dr. Rodgers to examine your teeth to find the root
cause of your toothache. Contact
our professional, welcoming team online or by calling (404) 577-6620.