Toothaches can cause tremendous discomfort, and they can be very alarming, especially if you don’t know the underlying cause. Many people fear the worst, thinking of invasive procedures or even tooth loss. In reality, there are many causes of toothaches and even more different treatment options.
Along with his staff, Thomas F. Brown, DDS, will provide the most effective and least invasive treatment possible. Plus, when you call our Naperville, IL, office, we can provide some guidance to help you reduce discomfort at home.
If you are suffering from a toothache, don’t delay treatment! Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.
When suffering from toothaches, many people assume that their pain is the result of tooth decay. And it is true that cavities are a leading cause of dental discomfort. 90% of adults age 20 and older have sustained at least one cavity.
In most instances, your dentist will treat a cavity with a filling, unless the decay has spread too far and damaged the majority of your tooth. In the meantime, you can reduce your discomfort by taking over-the-counter pain medications and using a cold compress on your face.
An Abscessed Tooth
If decay spreads too far and reaches the roots of your tooth, an abscess will develop. Pain from an abscessed tooth is usually constant and throbbing, worsening in response to heat and cold. You may also have a fever and swelling.
At-home treatment for an abscessed tooth is similar to treatment for a cavity. In the office, your dentist will most likely recommend root canal therapy. During this procedure, he or she will remove bacteria and diseased tissue before attaching a crown.
A Broken Tooth
You could sustain a broken tooth after biting down on something hard, in a sports injury, or during an accident. As with cavities and abscesses, the means of controlling discomfort is the same. If a piece of your tooth comes off, you should also be sure to keep it moist and bring it with you to the office.
Treatment will depend on the type and size of the break. In less severe cases, your dentist may be able to bond a broken piece back on. If you have a large crack, you may need a crown or root canal therapy. If your tooth is completely split, including the roots, extraction is likely necessary.
A Damaged Filling
Toothaches in teeth with existing cavities usually indicate that something is wrong with the older restoration. A filling could break or come out completely. If this is the case, you can still take over-the-counter medications and use a cold compress. You should also gargle with salt water to remove any food particles that could get into your tooth near the filling.
Your dentist may be able to replace the existing filling if it has fallen out. However, it is likely that you will need a brand-new filing.
Contact Us for Effective Treatment for Toothaches
To find out the cause of your pain and how we can help, contact Thomas F. Brown, DDS today.
Reach us online or call (630) 369-3120.