Tooth pain is not uncommon and can be the result of many different dental and non-dental related issues. If you have a cracked tooth, an untreated cavity, or swollen gums from an erupting wisdom tooth the pain can become unbearable. There are multiple ways of treating tooth infection and pain, so it’s important to have your tooth examined as soon as possible.
Having your teeth cleaned and examined regularly is one of the easiest ways to maintain good oral health. A dental hygienist can reduce the amount of plaque and calculus on your teeth through a professional cleaning. Daily brushing and flossing is essential, but not all tartar and plaque buildup can be removed with a toothbrush.
Fillings are necessary when a tooth is fractured or when decay is discovered during your dental checkup. Often times the cavities are in the grooves of your teeth or between neighboring teeth that are difficult to keep clean. When a filling is recommended, local anesthetic is administered to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure. A tooth-colored material is used to restore your tooth back to normal function and appearance.
Dental Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are usually porcelain or gold and cover the entire tooth to prevent it from fracturing. Although there are many reasons to have a crown, the most common ones include having a large failing restoration, a noticeable fractured in a tooth, and severe wear.
Bridges are indicated when there is a missing space between two teeth. A bridge is three crowns or more that connect to each other and fill the missing space. Both crowns and bridges resemble natural teeth in shape and color.
Intravenous conscious sedation is an option for many people that have anxiety about dental surgery. If you are a candidate for IV sedation, medications are administered through a vein in your arm causing you to drift into a restful state. The medications that are used will keep you comfortable and calm throughout your appointment. A consultation prior to scheduling IV Sedation is necessary to determine if this is a safe option for you.
Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” is one of the most common methods for reducing anxiety. A small mask is fitted over your nose and you breathe the gas that causes a relaxing sensation. Once you are finished using the nitrous oxide, you will breathe regular oxygen and the effects with disappear.
Our primary goal is to prevent tooth loss, however sometimes all other options of saving a tooth are not possible. The last course of action is usually to remove an otherwise damaged or infected tooth. When a tooth is removed, it is our goal to make it as painless as possible. Good local anesthetic is used to numb the tooth and we strive to be efficient and keep you comfortable throughout the procedure.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth typically erupt between the ages of 16-25, and are the last molars in the upper and lower jaws. Often times, when a wisdom tooth erupts it is painful and the gum tissue becomes irritated and inflamed. They can also erupt in multiple directions causing pain in your cheeks or creating a cavity in the tooth next to the wisdom tooth. If you are experiencing tooth pain, contact our office to have your teeth examined and see if it’s necessary to have your wisdom teeth removed.
The frenum is a small fold in your mouth that holds part of your lip or tongue. Sometimes if the frenum attachment can restrict your tongue too much preventing you from being able to speak properly. An overgrown frenum in the lip can also cause extensive spacing between your from teeth, or prevent a denture from staying in place.
A frenectomy is a small surgery to remove part of the frenum to free up the tongue or lip. A small amount of local anesthetic is used for this procedure, and the frenum is removed using either a laser or surgical instrument.
Dental sealants are placed over small grooves in molar teeth that appear to be susceptible to cavities. They are only placed on a tooth that does not have decay. Typically, sealants are recommended for children and is does not require anesthetic.
If a tooth has not fully erupted and the patient is in braces, then a small surgery may be necessary to expose the crown of the tooth and place an orthodontic bracket. It’s important that you speak to your orthodontist first to see if this procedure is necessary for you.
Sometimes the gums around the teeth are overgrown and cover more of the teeth than ideal. This can occur from gum disease, inflammation, or as a side effect from medications. Usually, the gum tissue can be safely removed using a laser or modern surgical instrument to allow for your gums to heal and make for easier cleaning of your teeth.
When a root canal is done correctly, it can have a high success rate and enable you to keep your tooth. Every tooth has a nerve and blood supply inside of it to help the tooth develop and heal. If a tooth is painful, often times the nerve needs to be removed to eliminate the tooth. Common reasons for Root Canal Therapy include inflammation, infection, large areas of decay, trauma (falling, sports injuries, accidents), and multiple procedures on the same tooth (fillings, crowns, etc.).
Dentures have been an effective way to replace missing teeth for a very long time. As the materials have evolved, the comfort of wearing them has also improved. Dentures can be customized to be as comfortable and as natural looking as possible. When your dentures are made, you will be able to select the color and shape of the teeth that look most appropriate for you.
If you are only missing a few teeth, a partial denture is an affordable option. Partial dentures can be made from either metal or acrylic materials, and can be removed as needed for cleaning or when you sleep. Partial dentures are very common and can fill a missing space and allow you to chew most foods effectively.
Jaw aches and headaches can be a symptom of many dental or non-dental related issues. Clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth can lead to fractured and broken teeth as well as severe headaches. A custom fitting hard acrylic occlusal guard or “night guard” can be fabricated to prevent excessive wear on your teeth and reduce the muscle pain from clenching and grinding.
Dental implants are placed in spaces where you have missing teeth. They can also be placed to hold a denture that does not stay in place. After you’ve lost a tooth, implants are considered the next best thing to having your original tooth back in place.
If you are athletic and need your teeth protected from future injury, a custom made mouth guard is imperative. School-aged children often find that tooth and mouth related injuries can be prevented with the simple use of a custom fitting mouth guard. Professional athletes all wear them, and more importantly so should children engaged in sports. We can make a custom-made mouth guard to help you protect your teeth from injury.
Whitening the smile, also known as teeth bleaching, is a treatment offered to lighten the enamel of natural teeth. We want you to love your smile, so we have a few options of professional whitening to use at home. Our take-home whitening kits include custom-made whitening trays and a special professional-grade whitening gel. The gel is used in the trays and they are worn for a set period of time - usually no longer than 20 minutes.