Maybe you’re experiencing a sudden, sharp pain every time you try and chew your food, or you’re having difficulty concentrating thanks to a dull ache in your mouth that never seems to go away. Toothaches can strike at any time for various reasons such as decay, infection, or injury. Endodontists such as Dr. Gell and Dr. Watts are particularly skilled in identifying the source of tooth pain and figuring out the best way to relieve it. Get in touch with us right away in order to escape from your constant oral pain!
Knowing what different types of toothaches might mean can help you react appropriately. Possible symptoms include:
Since not all toothaches are the same, there are a few different methods of relief that might need to be considered. Pain related to bruxism, for example, can usually be addressed with an oral appliance from your general dentist. That said, endodontists are experts at treating toothaches that are related to infections, severely cracked enamel, or any kind of injury suffered by the pulp.
The most common endodontic solution for a toothache is root canal therapy. This procedure involves opening the tooth so that we can access the pulp (which is filled with nerves and blood vessels that can be damaged or infected by bacteria). The pulp is removed along with the bacteria and any other infectious debris, and we’ll clean the inside of the tooth completely before filling it with a biocompatible substance. The final step is placing a crown in order to protect the overall structure of the tooth so that you can still use it to bite and chew without worrying about causing further damage.
Depending on your situation, your general dentist might refer you to us for toothaches related to issues that can be treated via root canal therapy. Since we specialize in this type of treatment, we have performed it much more often than most regular dentists and thus are in a better position to tackle even the toughest of cases. And since we want you to find relief quickly, we’ve invested in state-of-the-art technology such as GentleWave in order to make our procedures as comfortable as possible.