A toothache will affect a localized area of your body, but the effects can be quite extensive. The pain can spread across your face to move to your ears, jaw, and neck. Eating can be difficult, and you may even have trouble sleeping. Fortunately, we offer effective treatment for toothaches at our Chandler, AZ office. Of course, the right procedure will depend on the underlying cause of your discomfort. At Value Dental Centers Chandler, we utilize ultra-modern imaging technology. We will use these tools to examine your teeth and recommend an appropriate course of action. Root canal therapy is a common treatment for toothaches. However, we could also provide a custom crown or tooth-colored filling.
What Causes Toothaches?
Toothaches often result because of cavities or dental infection. Cavities develop when oral bacteria build up on your teeth. As you eat, the microbes will feed off of the sugars and starches. In turn, they will produce acid, which will erode your tooth enamel and, eventually, the deeper layers of your tooth. At this point, a cavity will develop. The resulting dull toothache will often worsen in response to pressure, heat, or cold.
As bacteria move deeper into your teeth, they could eventually reach the soft pulp in the very center, causing a dental infection. Nerves travel from this central chamber down your root canals. Therefore, your toothache may be more widespread, causing pain across your face and even into your ears.
Treatment Options for Toothaches
If your toothache is due to a small or medium-sized cavity, we will usually recommend a filling. By placing composite resin inside the cavity, your dentist can strengthen your tooth. A filling with also seal your tooth to prevent bacteria from getting back inside. Our composite fillings will harmonize with your smile. Composite also offers practical benefits, since it will bond to your tooth better than metal. If you have a very large cavity, you may need a bigger restoration, such as a dental crown. This tooth-shaped “cap” will fit all the way over your decayed tooth to seal and strengthen it.
Root canal therapy is typically the only way to save an infected tooth. Our dentists use effective local anesthesia and very gentle methods, so the procedure should involve minimal discomfort. During a root canal, your practitioner will clean out the inside of your tooth before placing a dental crown. Immediately after treatment, you should experience a dramatic relief from your toothache.
We will always try to save compromised teeth whenever possible. Nevertheless, in cases of severe damage, we may perform an extraction. Our extractions are gentle, and you should have minimal post-treatment sensitivity. In addition, we will recommend an appropriate restorative procedure, such as a bridge or dental implant.
Of course, the best way to treat toothaches is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Therefore, it is vital that you take good care of your smile. Be sure to brush twice a day, particularly after meals, using a fluoride toothpaste. You should also floss daily and use antimicrobial mouthwash. Finally, schedule your regular exams and cleanings. These important habits will eliminate harmful bacteria to prevent cavities and infection. With routine exams, we can also diagnose cavities before you experience a toothache or sweeping dental damage.