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Dentistry Memphis

Common Causes of Toothaches and Dental Pain

Getting your teeth checked by a dentistWhen patients come to Southwind Dental Care, they know that they are receiving some of the finest treatment in the greater Memphis area. We offer comprehensive general dentistry services, always emphasizing the health of smile as well as its beauty.

Since many patients come to the practice suffering from toothaches, we thought it would be a good idea to consider some common causes of dental pain and how we can treat them.

Cavities and Tooth Decay

Severe tooth decay can lead to serious soreness of your teeth. This typically means more than just a standard cavity. Major tooth decay can lead to issues with biting and chewing, and it can also make it painful to eat hot or cold food items.

Tooth decay can be easily dealt with thanks to dental restorations such as fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns.

Chips, Cracks, and More Serious Injuries

When you suffer from a severe chip or crack of your teeth, this can lead to similar pain and discomfort as major tooth decay. Even minor cracks can result in significant problems with tooth sensitivity and pain.

As with tooth decay, dentists will typically use fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns to address tooth damage.

Root Canal Infections

A root canal infection is a serious problem in which the soft tissue within a tooth becomes infected. Most often this occurs when tooth decay or tooth injury goes untreated and the bacteria that naturally occurs in mouth reaches the pulp chamber.

When a tooth is infected, endodontic therapy can be performed to remove the diseased dental pulp.

Gum Recession and Tooth Sensitivity

Gum recession refers to cases in which the gumline becomes infection (via gum disease) or injured, and as a result pulls away from the tooth, exposing more of the root structure in the process. Gum recession makes tooth decay, tooth sensitivity, and root canal infections far more likely.

Gum recession is best address through modern gum grafting and oral surgery techniques.

Malocclusion (Poorly Aligned Teeth)

When your teeth are crooked, dental pain can occur for a variety of reasons. For one, crowding and spacing issues can make it painful to bite and chew. In addition, the teeth may be pressing against one another in a such a way what pain is unavoidable.

To address this problem, dentists often turn to orthodontic care.

Tooth Grinding (Bruxism)

Tooth grinding is the gnashing, clenching, and shifting of the teeth during sleep. This can lead to a number of problems, including tooth pain. Your teeth may chip or crack, for example, and the regular pressure exerted on your teeth can also lead to gum recession.

Since there are different causes that contribute to teeth grinding, a combination of mouth guards, orthodontics, and stress relief exercises are ideal for treatment.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the extra sets of molars that grow in during a person's late teens and early twenties. When the wisdom teeth come in crooked, they can press against the existing molars, causing severe pain and possibly even cracking the molars in the process.

When wisdom teeth are impacted, the best option is oral surgery to remove them.

Contact Southwind Dental Care

For more information about treating toothaches and dental pain, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The entire team here at Southwind Dental Care looks forward to your visit and helping you have the healthiest smile possible.

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