Often, pain in a tooth could mean the presence of a cavity or possibly even a dental infection. Treatment is crucial for stopping the discomfort and preventing the loss of the tooth. In today’s blog, we’re looking at how we stop pain in teeth and how restorations can improve the health, beauty, and function of smiles in Brighton, MA.
The Possible Causes of Discomfort
While toothaches could develop as a result of sinus infection, allergy issues, or changes in elevation, any pain that lasts more than 48 hours could mean the presence of a cavity. Tooth decay happens when harmful bacteria is no longer held at bay by the outer tooth enamel. When poor oral hygiene weakens tooth enamel, or chips and cracks damage it, then bacteria can reach the inner layers of dentin. Since dentin is much more sensitive and porous, cavities can form. The decay will grow and spread, leading to discomfort.
Should the spread of decay remain unabated, then the bacteria could reach the inner pulp. A bundle of living tissues that ensures the tooth stays healthy and functional, the pulp is sensitive and could become infected as a result of bacteria. The infection increases the level of discomfort, and requires treatment to protect the tooth’s stability.
Fillings and Crowns
For most cases of tooth decay, a single visit solution is available. Using a metal-free composite resin, we can provide a long-lasting and lifelike treatment for cavities. We remove the decay and place the material onto the tooth. We sculpt and mold the tooth as the material cures, ensuring you enjoy a lifelike restoration in a single sitting. But what if you have advanced cavities or an infection? A root canal enables our team to remove the infected tissue from the tooth and then cap it with a crown. Created from lifelike materials, the crown blends with the smile while providing a strong and durable solution to cavities and infection.
Preventing Tooth Pain
We’ve discussed how we address pain, but how do we prevent it? Avoiding toothaches means reducing your risk of cavities and infection. To accomplish this, you need to care for your smile daily. Each day, brush your teeth twice for two minutes, when you wake up and again before going to bed. You also need to floss every night before going to bed as well. These actions help prevent serious plaque buildup by removing the food particles bacteria would feed on. You should also see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning.
Have You Damaged a Tooth?
At Brighton Family Dental Group, we can repair and restore your smile, often in just a single visit. You can schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Villani or Dr. Kondrat by reaching out to our office at (617) 562-5210. We are proud to offer a range of dental services to patients from Cambridge, Brookline, and all neighboring communities.