Do you have persistent dental pain, such as a toothache or even headaches or jaw pain? If so, don’t ignore these aches, as discomfort could mean the presence of poor oral health and the need for treatment. In today’s blog, your El Paso, TX, dentists talk about the importance of responding to your dental pain and seeing us for treatment.
If you have an ache in one or more teeth that doesn’t pass after a few hours, then your discomfort may not be related to common concerns like sinus or allergy issues, or even changes in elevation. Instead, this could be linked to a cavity. Once your teeth begin to hurt, the cavity is likely in a more advanced stage and the risk of an infection is much higher. Treatment is crucial for caring for the tooth and keeping your smile whole and healthy. With a dental filling, we can treat a cavity in only one visit and offer a lifelike appearance. The same material can be used in dental bonding procedures to repair damage too.
If you have gums that feel sore, appear redder, or bleed easily or recede, then you have gingivitis or gum disease, and your smile’s stability is at risk. Periodontal issues will increase in severity with time and lack of treatment could mean the onset of periodontitis, the advanced stage of the disease linked to adult tooth loss. With a deep cleaning, we can use an ultrasonic scaling device to remove buildup of plaque and tartar from the teeth and the roots, and underneath the gums., This could take one to four sessions, and helps reverse gingivitis or make gum disease manageable to protect smile stability.
Jaw Pain and Headaches
If you have pain in your jaw, face, and head, then this could be brought on by jaw joint strain. When these joints are strained, this could lead to TMJ disorder, which impacts how we open and close our mouth. Bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding, could be responsible as well. When you develop these issues, you need treatment to avoid worsening discomfort or damage to the smile. With oral appliance therapy, we can create a mouthguard-like appliance that is worn as you sleep. The device repositions the jaw to ease TMD symptoms and can place a barrier between the upper and lower teeth to prevent bruxism-related damage. A custom device can even address sleep apnea so you breathe without interruption!
SUNNY SMILES PROVIDES TREATMENT FOR DENTAL DISCOMFORT
Don’t live with dental pain, talk to our team about treatment. To learn more about putting a stop to soreness and discomfort in your smile, then contact our Sunny Smiles location on N Zaragoza Rd in El Paso, TX at 915-849-9000.