Toothaches are a common type of dental emergency, but advanced emergency dentistry services can provide swift relief. Although you may automatically assume that you have a cavity, there are numerous factors that can lead to dental pain. Furthermore, depending on the cause, your discomfort may manifest itself in various ways.
At Gallery Dental of Oakbrook, Dr. Peter Noto offers a full spectrum of emergency services. With a focus on minimally invasive treatment and a commitment to patient comfort, he can quickly ease your pain and restore your tooth function. Contact us now to end your toothache as soon as possible.
Common Causes of Toothaches
There are numerous reasons that you may experience a toothache.
- A cavity: Dental decay is one of the most common reasons for tooth pain. In fact, 92% of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have developed at least one cavity. Cavities develop when bacteria, plaque, and tartar erode the dental enamel and, eventually, the underlying layers of dental tissue.
- Dental abscess: If decay goes untreated, you may eventually develop a dental infection. This occurs when the same bacteria that cause cavities penetrate to the interior pulp of a tooth. Infection can cause severe discomfort. In fact, each year almost 1 in 2600 adults visit the ER because of an infected tooth.
- A broken tooth: Trauma (such as a blow to the face) or biting down on something very hard can cause a tooth to break, exposing the soft tissues and nerve endings. In some cases, chronic bruxism, or teeth grinding, could weaken a tooth enough that it cracks.
- Enamel erosion: Bruxism can also wear away the protective outer layer of enamel. When this occurs, the softer, more sensitive tissue is exposed, and you could experience pronounced sensitivity to heat or cold.
- Gum disease: Periodontitis, in which pockets of bacteria build up in the gums, can cause soft tissue recession and increase your risk for additional health conditions. Plus, gum recession can also expose your tooth roots, leading to toothaches.
The appropriate treatment for your toothache will, of course, depend on its underlying cause. Dr. Noto will carry out a thorough examination before recommending any course of action. Your treatment may include:
- Fillings: This is the most common option for a mild to moderate cavity. After removing any decayed tissue, Dr. Noto will replace it with a synthetic material. We offer several different kinds of fillings, including metal, ceramic, and porcelain. Dr. Noto will help you select the right type for your cosmetic and restorative needs.
- Root canal therapy: Dr. Noto most commonly recommends endodontic treatment for dental infection, though he may also perform a root canal to repair a cracked tooth. During this procedure, he will carefully clean all infected tissue and bacteria both from the tooth and from the roots. Typically, he will complete the process by placing a customized dental crown.
- Dental crowns: In some cases, a crown alone may be enough to repair a broken or cracked tooth. These restorations are fabricated to match your natural teeth, simultaneously restoring both your dental function and the aesthetics of your smile.
- Scaling and root planing: If you suffer from periodontal disease, this treatment, also known as a deep cleaning, will eliminate bacteria from your gums. Dr. Noto uses a state-of-the-art ultrasonic scaler to complete the cleaning with minimal discomfort.
- Extraction: The most severely damaged teeth may need to be removed entirely. Dr. Noto will only recommend extraction as a last resort. Afterwards, he will provide a high-quality, custom-made dental restoration.
Experiencing a dental emergency? Contact us today!
If you have toothache or any other urgent dental concern, there is no reason to suffer a moment longer than necessary. Contact our office online to book an appointment or call us at (630) 620-8300.