February 15, 2018
Toothaches can be debilitating. The throbbing pain affects your ability to focus and do even the most mundane day-to-day tasks. And as it turns out, tooth pain is fairly common in North Carolina. Roughly 1 in 10 adults reported that they felt dental pain “very often,” according to recent data from the American Dental Association.
But dental pain, particularly if it’s recurring, is most often times your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. At Appalachian Dental Care, we’re proud to prioritize patient comfort — and that means alleviating your dental pain quickly. In fact, we can usually see you the same day you call!
There’s no reason to suffer through dental pain. Generally speaking, if you’ve had a toothache that has lasted longer than a day or two, it’s time to see the dentist.
Dr. Airey has more than three decades of experience offering comprehensive dental care, so you know he’ll help you find the relief you need. Plus, our Boone, NC office offers flexible and convenient payment options so you can get the help you need without the stress.
Read on to learn more about some of the common causes of dental pain, as well as ways Appalachian Dental Care can help. Then, give us a call at 828-355-5673 to schedule an appointment!
1. Tooth Decay
It’s easy to think of a cavity as not that big of a deal. After all, a whopping 94 percent of adults in the U.S. have cavities. But left untreated, the decay can worsen, causing pain that occurs seemingly out of nowhere.
While some people are more susceptible to tooth decay than others, it’s usually driven by less-than-stellar dental hygiene. When brushing and flossing fail to remove food particles from your teeth and gumline, the debris attracts bacterial buildup. This bacteria releases a weak acid that eats away at your enamel, or the hard outer layer of your teeth that protects them from decay.
A cavity forms when the decay wears a hole in the enamel. This exposes the more sensitive inner part of your tooth to the irritating acids, which is what can cause a toothache.
Removing the decayed enamel, killing bacteria, and restoring the affected tooth with a filling are usually all that’s needed to relieve dental pain caused by cavities.
At Appalachian Dental Care, we use durable composite tooth fillings to restore decayed teeth. These fillings are tooth-colored, making them so discreet you might not be able to tell there was ever anything wrong with your tooth!
2. Abscessed Tooth
Sometimes, when decay is left unaddressed for too long, it begins to affect the innermost part of the tooth. The nerves of your teeth become infected — which, as you could probably guess, can be extremely uncomfortable. The bacterial infection can cause an abscess to form at the tip of your tooth root or in the gums adjacent to the root, which can result in a severe toothache, hypersensitivity, and swelling.
At this point, you’ll likely need a root canal in order to eradicate infection and save the tooth. You may shudder at the idea of a root canal, but at Appalachian Dental Care, we’re able to perform a more comfortable root canal with the help of dental sedation. These options help minimize stress and pain. Plus, much of the pain that’s associated with root canals stems from the infection, not the procedure itself.
When you come in for a root canal procedure, Dr. Airey will first thoroughly numb the tooth. Then, he’ll make a small opening in the tooth so he can remove infected dental pulp and replace it with an inert material. Finally, he’ll place a filling or dental crown on the tooth to restore its health and appearance.
3. Gum Disease
Trouble with your gums — particularly advanced gum disease — can cause considerable sensitivity and even toothache.
Gum disease is a bacterial infection of your gums that starts much in the same way tooth decay does. When food debris remains stuck between teeth and along the gumline, it attracts bacteria. This results in plaque, a sticky film of bacterial buildup that coats your teeth and irritates the gums. The condition, which is common but can cause considerable damage to your smile, starts with simple inflammation of the gums (called gingivitis). But untreated, it can advance into aggressive periodontitis.
A trip to Appalachian Dental Care for a deep cleaning procedure is sometimes enough to eradicate infection. We can also offer antibacterial treatments that are tough on gum disease and gum graft procedures to repair receded gums.
Address Pain Fast!
If you’re living with dental pain, it’s time to get the care you deserve. Call Appalachian Dental Care at 828-355-5673 to find relief fast. In most cases, we can see you on the same day you call!
For less urgent matters, feel free to use our convenient online form to request an appointment.