Dental Pain seems to come at the worst times: late in the evenings, over lunch, or on the weekend when you can’t seem to get into a dentist for a couple of days. It can be a jarring twinge when you bite into something, a jaw ache, or a deep, keep-you-up-all-night, can’t-think, throbbing pain.
Whatever the type of pain you’re experiencing, you need to make an appointment with Dr. Agarwal ASAP to find out the cause and get it corrected before it gets worse! These are the top three reasons you might be experiencing hurt or discomfort:
Bite Alignment: There can be a difference between your resting bite and your chewing bite. Teeth can wear differently, causing sharp pains. For teens, with wisdom teeth coming in or facial bones growing, the changes can cause a change in the bite alignment and in how the jaw functions. And of course, adults can have TMJ/TMD pain as well. Treatment for these problems can be as simple as sanding a thin layer of enamel from a heavy-hitting tooth up to and including orthodontic therapy with Invisalign.
Sensitivity to Heat, Cold, and Sugar: Sensitive Teeth are no fun. The sensation can come and go. You aren’t thinking of the heat in the morning when you drink your coffee- zing! Even when you’re shielding your teeth from a cold drink, an exceptionally sweet dessert or a sour candy can activate that nerve response, too.
Luckily, there are a few non-prescriptive ways to help those nerves:
- Avoid acidic food and nosh on cheese, yoghurt and nuts, instead.
- Be gentler in your cleaning habits: don’t brush too hard and stay away from whitening treatments for a little while.
- Be aware of when you clench and grind your teeth. Try to unclench, if you can.
- Choose sensitivity formulated kinds of toothpaste, instead of whitening ones
If you’ve worked on these solutions and are still having problems, make an appointment with Dr. Agarwal to examine your teeth to find the cause and correction of your problem.
Decay: Cavities and root infections cause the worst kind of dental pain. If you’ve started getting food stuck in a tooth, have a broken edge, a lump under your gums, or just suspect you have a cavity, you need to schedule your appointment at Raleigh Dental Arts to have it checked immediately.
The bacteria that cause cavities can eat away at the centre of your tooth, straight down into the nerve, depositing infection into the bone under your gums. The only way to fix a large cavity and infected nerve is with an antibiotic and a filling or root canal. It’s not as painful as you might think; modern anaesthesia and techniques make restorative treatment easier than ever!
Pain is your body’s warning system that something is wrong. No matter the reason you have a reoccurring toothache, you need to visit your dentist to have it examined. In Raleigh, Dr. Agarwal is the expert you need to fix your teeth and alleviate your pain as quickly as possible. Call our office today!