February 9 is National Toothache Day. We won’t celebrate it with cake or balloons. But we will take the opportunity to remind you of the ways we can stop toothache pain.
First, the good news. It’s not too tough to avoid getting a toothache. Brush and floss every day. See your team here for an exam and cleaning every six months. Don’t use your teeth to open packages or for other tasks better suited to scissors or another tool. And don’t bite down on popcorn kernels, ice, or other hard substances.
Even with these precautions, though, it’s still possible to get a toothache. Accidents can and do happen. We can relieve your discomfort and get your smile healthy again. Our dentists can:
- Repair a Cavity – Dental decay can be painful. Our dentists can take care of a cavity using a filling made of tooth-colored composite. Unlike a metal filling, it won’t show in your smile. If you have more extensive decay, we may suggest a dental crown.
- Fix a Broken or Cracked Tooth – Your dentist can also mend cracks or breaks with a crown. It’s important to see us ASAP with this kind of dental damage. Bacteria can get inside your tooth and cause an infection if it’s not promptly repaired.
- Eliminate an Infection – An infection can potentially cause you to lose a tooth. It can also be quite painful. Your dentist can perform a root canal to get you feeling better and save your tooth. If you’re nervous, you can get sedation.
- Extract a Problem Tooth – In some cases, the best way to deal with dental damage is to remove the tooth. If that’s necessary, we’ll make your procedure as comfortable as possible. We can even remove wisdom teeth, which can be a source of pain.
- Help You Prevent Tooth Grinding – If you grind your teeth, it can cause your whole jaw to hurt. Not to mention, it can damage your teeth. We can fit you for a custom-made oral appliance. You’ll wear it at night, when grinding often occurs. It will stop the grinding, so you can sleep better and feel better.