By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
July 26, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain   Toothache  

Tooth PainWhat your dentist in Flint wants you to know

Why does your tooth hurt? That’s a good question, and the answer may not be obvious. That’s why it’s important to seek out the help of an expert at the first sign of tooth pain. Dr. Frank L. Gordon Jr. in Flint, MI, is both a periodontist and an endodontist, so he is an expert on the causes and treatment of tooth pain.

Decay is often a cause of tooth pain. Decay is caused by bacterial acid from the sugary foods and beverages you eat or drink. The acid eats away at your hard tooth enamel, penetrating into the soft layer underneath, the dentin. You won’t always experience pain with tooth decay, which is why it’s so vital to visit your dentist yearly for an exam and x-rays to diagnose tooth decay early. Pain from tooth decay can usually be eliminated with a dental filling or crown.

If tooth decay is not treated early, the decay can progress to the innermost layer of your tooth, where the nerves and blood supply are located. This area is known as the pulp chamber. Once decay penetrates into the pulp, your tooth can become badly inflamed and very painful. You may experience sudden, sharp pain or aching when you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages, or you may notice increasing pressure and pain. You may also notice a white or red bump on your gums, a sign the tooth has abscessed. Pain from pulp damage can usually be eliminated with root canal therapy.

Tooth pain isn’t always related to tooth decay. In fact, there are many causes of tooth pain, including:

  • Grinding your teeth at night; pain associated with night grinding can often be treated by wearing a nightguard.
  • Exposed tooth roots due to periodontal disease or gum recession; you may benefit from protective tooth-colored fillings placed on the roots, or gum grafts to cover up exposed areas.
  • Abrasion or erosion due to hard toothbrush use, acidic foods, or bad habits; a bonding treatment or filling can often eliminate sensitivity by protecting the tooth surface.

There are many causes of tooth pain, which is why it’s important to seek out an expert for an accurate diagnosis. A good outcome depends on early diagnosis and early treatment. At the first sign of tooth pain, just pick up the phone and call Dr. Gordon in Flint, MI. Don’t wait for tooth pain to become unbearable, call today!

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