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What is Causing My Tooth Pain?

Sharp pain, a dull ache, persistent throbbing discomfort. However you describe it, tooth pain needs attention from your dentist at Worthington Advanced Dentistry in Fairfield, CT. Dr. Worthington uses the latest techniques to uncover the reasons for toothaches and to repair the problem. Feel better and keep your tooth.

What causes dental pain?

Visual inspection of your tooth, X-ray and/or CAT imaging and gentle tapping on the chewing surface give your dentist the information he needs to diagnose and treat the problem right at his Fairfield, CT, office. While some teeth are so damaged they cannot be saved, many are, even when tooth pain originates in:

  • Periodontal disease and resultant exposed roots
  • Dental decay
  • Cracked teeth and roots
  • Infection of the interior pulp (abscessed tooth)
  • Dental sensitivity because of old, deteriorating fillings or thin tooth enamel
  • Impacted teeth (such as wisdom teeth)
  • Oral trauma from a fall or blow to the mouth
  • Poorly fitting denture
  • Jaw joint problems (TMJ/TMD)

According to VeryWellHealth, you may experience jaw soreness, gum redness and swelling, bad breath and drainage, along with your toothache. You should report these more extreme symptoms to Dr. Worthington right away to avoid complications involving your systemic health.

Restorative treatments

If you need a dental extraction, Dr. Worthington may advise a dental implant procedure to replace the tooth as soon as possible. In the likely event your tooth can be saved, except one (or more) of these restorative treatments:

  • A tooth-colored filling made of lifelike and durable composite resin, porcelain or glass ionomer
  • A tooth-shaped porcelain crown (crafted in just a single visit with innovative CEREC processes)
  • Root canal therapy which removes the inflamed interior pulp
  • Periodontal treatment for infected gum tissue (for example, tooth scaling and root planing)
  • Bite guard for TMJ/TMD or teeth clenching issue

Protect your teeth and gums

Your best protection against dental pain are at-home oral hygiene habits and routine in-office care at Worthington Advanced Dentistry. Brush and floss daily, and eat healthy foods that are low in processed sugars. See Dr. Worthington for hygienic cleaning and check-up. He'll see many problems as they develop and will treat them before the pain starts.

We're here for you

At this time, Worthington Advanced Dentistry in Fairfield, CT, remains open to serve your emergency dental needs, including tooth pain of any kind. Please call us for more information: (203) 256-8073. Keep smiling!

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