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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!

By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
June 05, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Toothache  

Does your toothache or throb? Our Flint, MI, endodontist and periodontist, Dr. Frank Gordon, discusses treatment options for toothaches.toothache

Caring for your toothache at home

Although toothaches should be evaluated by a dentist, there are a few things you can do to ease your pain until it's time for your appointment. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, like ibuprofen and naproxen sodium, can decrease pain. Applying ice and rinsing your mouth with warm salt water may also provide temporary relief of pain.


If your pain is caused by a cavity, you'll need a filling. Fillings fill the space in your mouth after the decayed part of your tooth has been removed.

Sensitive teeth treatments

Does your pain occur when you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages? You may have sensitive teeth. If weak tooth enamel is the cause, a fluoride treatment to strengthen your enamel may be helpful. Pain that occurs due to exposed roots can be treated by applying bonding material to the roots. You may also need gum disease treatment in our Flint office if your exposed roots are caused by receding gums.

Root canal therapy

Toothaches may also be caused by an inflammation or infection in the pulp, the soft core at the center of the tooth. The problem can occur if frequent dental procedures have weakened your tooth, if tooth decay has spread to the pulp or if you've fractured or injured your tooth. Once the pulp is inflamed or infected, the only way to save it is by performing a root canal on the tooth. Infections must also be treated with antibiotics. If they aren't treated promptly, the infection can spread to other parts of your body.

During a root canal, the pulp is removed from your tooth and the root canals, the small canals that reach from the roots to the top of your tooth. The treatment also involves disinfecting the center of your tooth and your canals and shaping the canals with small files. In most cases, you'll receive a temporary filling during your first visit to allow adequate time for drainage. When you return for your second visit, you'll be given a permanent filling to strengthen the tooth. You may also need a dental crown to protect your tooth after the procedure.

Are you concerned about an aching tooth? Call our Flint, MI, endodontist and periodontist, Dr. Gordon, at (810) 230-0990 to schedule an appointment.


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