Having a toothache can impact every area of your life, depending on how severe it is. For example, if your tooth experiences excruciating pain every time you bite and chew, then you simply eating could become unbearable. If it hurts even when you don’t bite and chew, then you may not find any reprieve from it. In most cases, the only way to successfully relieve a chronic toothache is to have the pain diagnosed and treated appropriately. At our El Paso, TX, dental office, we can accurately diagnose your toothache using advanced dental imaging, and then work with you to find the treatment that suits you best.
Find out why it hurts
There are several different potential reasons for a toothache, and treating yours will depend on finding its cause first. For example, if your tooth is sensitive because your tooth enamel has grown weak, then you might strengthen it with better hygiene and more frequent preventive care. If a cavity has developed, you could require a tooth-colored filling, or root canal therapy for more severe cases of decay. You may also have more than one concern causing several of your teeth to ache, and each might need an appropriate solution to address it.
Treat it promptly
Treatments for different toothaches vary, but they all have one thing in common – time. No matter the cause of your toothache, it is likely to grow worse the longer it’s left untreated. Weak enamel can lead to a cavity, which can lead to severe internal tooth decay, and eventually, the loss of the tooth. Once you notice that your tooth is sensitive or achy, the best thing you can do for it is to schedule a dental visit as soon as possible and not give it time to progress.
Stop it from coming back
While the causes for a toothache may be different, many of them stem from dental concerns that arise from harmful oral bacteria. That includes tooth decay, and even gum disease, which can expose your teeth roots and make them increasingly more sensitive. After you’ve had your toothache and its cause treated, be sure to stick to an excellent hygiene routine every day, and to visit your dentist routinely for dental checkups and cleanings.
Find a way to stop your toothache
When you have a toothache that doesn’t go away, it may mean that your tooth needs serious attention, possibly from the dentist, to learn why and determine the best treatment. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling the Sunny Smiles dental office nearest you in El Paso, TX, today! We also have offices in Chaparral, Canutillo, and Vinton so we can easily serve patients throughout all surrounding communities.