A toothache can strike at any time, making simple tasks like speaking or chewing uncomfortable, and in some cases, nearly impossible. Fortunately, they’re also relatively easy to treat. At Tyson’s Dental Design Center in Vienna, Virginia, the expert dentists regularly work with patients to pinpoint and relieve toothaches. If you or a loved one is experiencing a toothache, call the office or click the online booking tool and request your appointment today.
A toothache occurs when a tooth root or surrounding nerve tissues become irritated or inflamed. The most common causes of toothaches are sports-related injuries, infections, cavities, or a knocked-out tooth. You might also experience a toothache following an extraction or other types of oral surgery.
Other times, toothaches are the result of another underlying health problem. For example, if you grind your teeth or clench your jaw, you might have a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. People with TMJ often experience pain that radiates from their ears and jaws into their teeth and face.
Toothaches affect everyone differently depending on the underlying source of the problem. Oftentimes, toothaches begin as a dull and throbbing pain. However, as an infection or decay progresses, you might experience pain that radiates into your cheek, ears, or jaw.
Other common symptoms associated with toothaches include:
You might also experience pain that gets worse if you touch or tap the affected tooth.
The treatment for your toothache depends on the cause of your discomfort. Following an exam of your teeth and gums, review of your medical history, and discussion of your symptoms, the team might recommend restorative treatments like a crown or filling. If your pain is the result of an infection, a root canal or extraction may be necessary. Whatever the case, the team will work with you to eliminate your pain as quickly and safely as possible.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to prevent toothaches entirely, but there are steps you can take to significantly lower your risk. The team at Tyson’s Dental Design Center recommends brushing your teeth twice each day, flossing once a day, and visiting the dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and exam.
If you play sports or lead an active lifestyle, you might also want to consider wearing a mouthguard. Or, if you grind your teeth while sleeping, a night guard. Following an exam and review of your medical history, your dentist can make recommendations that align with your situation.
Toothaches can make life miserable. If you’re suffering, don’t hesitate to make an appointment at Tyson’s Dental Design Center today. Simply call the office or click the online booking tool.