April 14, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Toothache  

If you've ever had a bad toothache, you know how it can take over your life. For long-lasting relief, call Anderson dental in Fargo, ND. Our three dentists respond to dental emergencies quickly and kindly. Dr. Brad Anderson, Dr. Jon Anderson, and Dr. Breding want you to feel good and have your best smile.

What causes toothaches?

Toothaches have several distinct causes, including:

  • Deep dental decay which extends into the interior pulp and beyond
  • Dental sensitivity which hangs on when your tooth is exposed to heat or cold
  • Deteriorating restorations, such as crowns and fillings, and the infiltration of harmful oral bacteria
  • Impacted wisdom teeth (third molars encased in gum tissue and bone)
  • Bone and gum deterioration due to gum disease
  • Dental abscess or infection
  • Fracture of tooth structure from oral trauma
  • Arthritis in the jaw (or other sources of jaw joint dysfunction)
  • Sinus infection
  • Bruxism, or habitual teeth grinding or clenching related to stress
  • Poor dental bite and other smile alignment issues

Solving the problem

If you have a dental emergency—such as intense dental pain and/or injury—contact Anderson Dental in Fargo, ND, right away. You'll receive first aid advice to stabilize your condition and relieve your pain. Also, you'll receive a same-day appointment if needed.

Intervention includes a complete oral exam and digital X-ray imaging. This information helps your dentist diagnose your problem and to address it with the right restorative service.

For instance, if you have an abscessed tooth, you may require root canal therapy in which your dentist removes the diseased interior pulp, disinfects and seals each narrow root canal, and crowns the tooth. Root canal therapy relieves toothache symptoms right away and allows you to keep the tooth instead of extracting it, says the American Association of Endodontists.

Prevention is key

To avoid toothaches or other dental emergencies, see your dentist at Anderson Dental in Fargo, ND, every six months for a cleaning and check-up. Eat a low-carbohydrate diet, and brush and floss daily. Good home habits significantly reduce the incidence of decay and gum disease.

At Anderson Dental, our professional team offers a wide range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic services to help you achieve your best oral health. Call us if you have a dental emergency: (701) 232-1368.