If you’ve ever had a toothache, then you may already recognize how debilitating it can be in its severe stages. What you might not realize, however, is that a toothache can be caused by a wide variety of issues. Depending on the cause of your toothache, treating it may be as simple as improving your hygiene, or it may require a customized restoration to build up your tooth structure. Today, we take a look at two of the most common causes of chronic toothaches, and how your dentist can relieve the aching with customized treatment.
A developing cavity
A cavity, or hole, is the result of decay developing in your tooth structure. It starts with oral bacteria releasing harmful acids that erode your tooth’s protective layer of enamel. Then, the bacteria can slip past the enamel and infect your tooth’s main structure, known as dentin. As your enamel grows weaker, your tooth will become increasingly more sensitive, warning you that you should visit your dentist. If you hesitate, then the decay will progress, the cavity will grow larger, and your toothache will become worse until you treat it.
A crack or fracture
Even if your tooth isn’t decaying, it may be sensitive due to a minor crack or fracture. Depending on the location of the crack, you might not immediately notice it on your own. The trouble with a minor tooth crack is that the pressure from your bite will make the damage to your tooth worse. Likewise, the resulting toothache will grow more severe. To alleviate it, your dentist can place a dental crown over the cracked tooth to prevent it from growing worse and more painful.
Find Out Why Your Tooth Aches
If you have a toothache, then the cause of it could be more serious than you realize at first. To learn more, schedule an appointment with your dentist by calling Pure Smile Dental in Plano, TX today at 972-517-1297.