A toothache is a tell-tale sign that something is wrong with your mouth, making it something you should never ignore. Fortunately, your dentist, Dr. Greg Herzler of Saginaw, MI, helps patients suffering from dental pain by discovering the toothache's cause and determining what the best treatment options are—read on to learn more!
More about Toothaches
Often times, the cause of pain is rooted in tooth decay, a type of bacterial infection. If you don't deal with this issue as soon as possible, it can spread to gum tissue and even cause tooth loss.
To determine what the cause of your tooth pain is, you need to visit your Saginaw dentist. Here, Dr. Herzler performs an oral examination and x-ray screening to pinpoint the source of the pain and how to treat it.
So, What Are Some Causes of Tooth Pain?
- Bacterial infections were mentioned earlier in the article but here's a deeper understanding of how severe they can be. Bacteria infects teeth, causing a cavity deep enough to infect the tooth's pulp. The pulp is rich in nerves, and once the infection grabs a hold of the pulp, you'll suffer from serious pain, inflammation, and feel pressure that will require a root canal.
- Dental trauma may also cause pain. Any trauma, like a fracture or chip, exposes deeper, more sensitive, tooth layers to bacteria, causing intense discomfort. Also, if you have a loose filling that needs a replacement or a crown, it's best to do so as soon as possible. Avoiding the problem, will only, again, make way to bacteria infecting your tooth.
- Poor habits like tooth clenching or grinding (bruxism) can also ruin teeth and make them vulnerable to infection. Use a nightguard to protect your teeth from damage that may lead to tooth pain.
Need a Consultation?
No matter what type of tooth pain or discomfort you are experiencing, you should contact your dentist, Dr. Greg Herzler of Saginaw, MI. Call our office today at (989) 793-7733 to schedule your consultation.