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Toothache Or Other Dental Pain? Here’s What It Could Mean

  • November 1, 2017

Toothache Or Other Dental Pain? Here’s What It Could Mean

For as small as a tooth is, it’s amazing how much pain it can cause.

If you’re experiencing a sharp, throbbing, or radiating pain coming from your teeth or gums, it could be a sign of infection.

Luckily, Appalachian Dental Care in Boone, NC makes it easy to address your toothache. We’ll help you identify the root of the problem and act quickly to ease your discomfort. We can usually see dental emergency patients on the same day you call!

The following are signs you might be having a dental emergency:

  • A sudden, severe toothache
  • An injury that cut your tongue, gums, or cheek
  • Excessive pain when opening or closing your mouth
  • A cracked or broken tooth
  • A tooth that has been knocked loose or knocked out

Even if you’re not experiencing a dental emergency, don’t delay! You don’t have to suffer through the pain. Read on for some of the things that could be causing your toothache, as well as some of the ways we can help. The, give us a call at 828-355-5673 to make an appointment.


Tooth Decay And Cavities


A cavity might not seem like a big deal, but left untreated, it can cause a toothache. It’s not uncommon for a cavity-related toothache to be triggered by hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks.

Cavities are fairly easy to treat. When you come to Appalachian Dental Care with a cavity, Dr. Airey will remove cavity-causing bacteria and enamel that has been damaged by tooth decay. Then, we restore your tooth with a tooth-colored composite filling for a natural-looking solution!


Abscessed Tooth


Severe tooth decay can lead to a painful infection of the pulp, the inner tissue of your tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. This can lead to an abscess at the root of your tooth.

Although an abscessed tooth is most often caused by severe tooth decay, it can also be caused by gum disease or trauma to the tooth.

Here are some of the symptoms of an abscessed tooth:

  • Pain
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • Bitter taste in your mouth
  • Fever
  • General feeling of discomfort or sickness

Sometimes, the infection can be removed with root canal therapy. This procedure involves removing infected pulp and replacing it with a special inert material.

Now, we know what you’re thinking: aren’t root canals painful? Believe it or not, most of the pain people associate with a root canal procedure comes from the infection and isn’t caused by the doctor or the procedure. Getting rid of the infection gets rid of the pain.

Plus, at Appalachian Dental Care, we go to great lengths to ensure your comfort. Not only do we have warm blankets and even massaging chairs to help you relax; we offer sedation dentistry, which uses medication to make your procedure even more comfortable.

In some cases, a root canal procedure is not enough to save a tooth. If that’s the case, we can extract the tooth and then replace it with a dental restoration that looks as good as new!


Gum Disease


Infected gums can cause pain and extreme sensitivity around your teeth. Severe pain is more likely to accompany periodontitis, a later and more severe form of gum disease, than gingivitis, which is comparatively milder and marked by inflamed or reddened gums.

Symptoms of periodontitis disease include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Receding gums, which can cause the formation of “pockets” or gaps between your teeth and your gumline
  • Loose teeth
  • Changes in bite or teeth alignment

If you’re exhibiting these symptoms, give us a call. We offer several treatments for gum disease, depending on the severity of your case.

Milder cases of gum disease can often be eradicated with a simple deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. This treatment involves the use of special tools to first remove plaque and tartar from the area around and below the gumline. Then, we gently smoothe the surfaces of your roots to discourage future bacterial buildup.

If you’re experiencing gumline recession, it’s necessary to repair the damage so that your gums can heal from infection. We offer a procedure called gum grafting, in which we place healthy tissue on the receding gumline. This encourages regrowth of healthy gum tissue, as well as any bone that may have been lost as a result of the gumline recession.


Let’s Ease The Pain!


Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something’s amiss. If pain is interfering with your day-to-day activities — or even if it’s just inconvenient and bothersome — give the experts at Appalachian Dental Care a call.

We’ll get to the root of the issue so you can get back to feeling better! Call us today at 828-355-5673, or use our convenient online form to schedule an appointment.


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