There is no more common emergency at our dental office than a toothache. Knowing what causes it points in the direction of the most appropriate treatment, and our Sterling Heights dentist, Alan F. Robinson DDS, PC will diagnose yours with an examination and the taking of x-rays, addressing it promptly to ensure the best possible outcome.
Aside from rarer instances of tooth pain, such as those that are traceable to gum disease or a jaw condition such as TMJ disorder, your toothache is most likely going to be due to a breach in the protective layers that keep your tooth safe. Those layers are the dentin and the enamel. Ordinarily, the nerve inside and the pulp next to it are shielded from the elements, and from bacteria. A cavity formed by tooth decay will certainly leave an opening, as will the loss of a filling that was put in to treat a previous cavity. Even if your current filling has simply come loose, that means there is room between it and your tooth structure. Chipped, cracked, or fractured teeth likewise compromise the protection of your tooth. Our Sterling Heights dentist will put in a new or replacement filling, or take impressions for the crafting of a crown, which is more appropriate when you have a chip, crack, or fracture. There is a secondary danger, however, and that is an infection of the pulp. The best way to minimize the chances of that happening is to see our Sterling Heights dentist right away for your toothache. The more quickly it is taken care of, the less likely you will suffer an infection and need root canal therapy.
All you need do is call our office and tell us that you have a toothache. We’ll make sure that you’re seen urgently for proper care.