When you’re experiencing a toothache, the pain can be debilitating and feel like far more than an ache. Brent C Lin, DDS, an award-winning dentist in Livermore, California, and his team know how the pain of a toothache can impact your quality of life. They do their best to see you as quickly as possible and resolve both your pain and its underlying cause. Schedule an appointment online or call Dr. Lin’s Livermore office directly today.
There are a number of reasons you could have a toothache. The most common cause is tooth decay, where a cavity forms in the enamel and exposes the sensitive tissues underneath. Other causes can include:
If the pain is mild, you can try giving your mouth a thorough cleaning and taking over-the-counter pain medications. If the pain lasts more than a day, is severe, or is combined with other symptoms, such as a fever or an earache, you should visit Dr. Lin at his Livermore dental office as soon as possible.
The treatment Dr. Lin recommends depends on the cause of your toothache as determined after examining your mouth and conducting any necessary diagnostic tests such as X-rays.
For cavities, the leading cause of dental problems, Dr. Lin often removes the affected part of the tooth and replaces it with a filling made of porcelain, or composite resin. If Dr. Lin needs to remove so much of your tooth that it can’t hold a filling, he can restore your tooth using a crown or cap. If he finds the pulp is affected, Dr. Lin may need to remove it along with the nerve and then seal it with a crown.
If Dr. Lin notices signs of gum disease during his examination that may be causing your toothache, he may perform a deep cleaning known as scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar. The main concern with gum disease is tooth loss.
The best way to prevent a toothache is to properly take care of your teeth. You should:
Following these dental hygiene practices will help you keep your teeth strong and healthy and reduce your chances of getting cavities or gum disease.
If you’re suffering from a toothache, book an appointment online or over the phone at the Livermore office of Brent C Lin, DDS today.