Tooth pain is usually a sign of a dental problem that requires immediate attention, whether it is caused by a cavity or infection, or from trauma or an injury. Dr. Emily Gairhan, a dentist in Jonesboro, AR, offers a range of cosmetic and restorative dentistry services to help you get - and keep - a beautiful and healthy smile.
Tooth Pain Relief in Jonesboro, AR
One of the most common causes of tooth pain is tooth decay. If you have an untreated cavity, it can become infected or wear down the tooth to the point where it reaches the dentin layer, or the root becomes partially exposed, which can lead to sensitivity to hot and cold as well as tooth pain. Another common cause of pain is a chipped, cracked, or broken tooth. A cracked or broken tooth may only seem like a cosmetic problem on the surface, but some traumatic injuries can allow bacteria to funnel through and reach the pulp (soft tissue inside the tooth), increasing the risk of infection and damage to the root.
Another common cause of tooth pain is gum disease, which typically begins with gingivitis (gum inflammation and bleeding) and progresses to periodontitis, which can result in everything from gum recession to tooth loss.
If you are experiencing jaw pain, you may have TMJ, a bite or alignment problem, or clenching and grinding your teeth while you sleep.
Treating Tooth Pain
The treatment for tooth pain depends on the cause. In cases of trauma where the pulp has been exposed to bacteria, your dentist may recommend root canal therapy. If you have a cavity that is too large to be filled with a standard dental filling, you may need a dental crown. If the tooth is damaged beyond repair or impacted (stuck under the gum line and unable to erupt properly) as is often the case with wisdom teeth, the tooth may need to be extracted, although this is usually a last resort.
Dentist in Jonesboro, AR
Don't let tooth decay and gum disease ruin your smile and oral health. To learn more about your cosmetic and general dentistry options, contact Gairhan Dental Care by calling 870-931-1100 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gairhan today.