Do you have pain in one or more of your teeth? Aches and sensitivity could be caused by a number of different factors, some relatively benign. However, persistent pain could also mean cavities, infection, or even an abscessed tooth. In today’s blog, your Omaha, NE dentist talks about treating aching teeth with fillings and crowns!
The Possible Dangers of a Toothache
A toothache could be caused by several different factors. For example, visiting higher elevations, riding in an airplane, experiencing colder outdoor temperatures, or suffering from sinus or allergy issues. However, these aches will be short-lived and pass after a few hours. Pain that persists for more than 48 hours is often a sign of a cavity or an infection, and means that treatment is crucial. If you ignore a toothache, this could allow a cavity or reach an advanced stage, or an infection to worsen, leading to the risk of tooth loss and severe discomfort.
Treating Cavities and Infection
If you have a dental cavity, then we can likely treat the issue in one visit with a filling. We remove the decay and then place a metal-free composite resin material, which we can shade to match the tooth. We then cure the material as we shape the tooth, the entire process only taking a single sitting. If you have an infection, we will perform a root canal to remove the infected tissue and then use a crown to cap the tooth, ensuring a lifelike appearance and protection from further pain and sensitivity. We also offer anesthetic and sedation to help ensure our patients enjoy a calm and comfortable treatment experience.
Keeping Your Smile Safe
To protect your smile from these aches, we suggest cutting back on sugary foods and drinks, which can promote tooth decay and infection. Our team would also like to suggest taking time to brush for two minutes when you wake up and again before bed, using a toothbrush with soft bristles and a toothpaste that contains fluoride. You also need to floss before bed as well. Make time to see us every six months as well, so we can offer treatment to remove plaque and tartar and also watch for the early warning signs of a cavity or infection. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you experience pain in one or more teeth, then let us know right away!
Do You Have Pain or Sensitivity?
Persistent discomfort could be a sign of trouble, and you don’t want a minor issue developing into a threat to your tooth’s stability. To learn more about our restorative treatment options, then schedule a consultation by calling Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE, today at (402) 330-2243. We also serve the residents of Papillion, Elkhorn, La Vista, Millard, and all surrounding communities.