Problems We Treat
Suffering from a toothache can disrupt your daily life, making it challenging to eat, sleep, and even think clearly. Dr. Ash and his experienced team can help alleviate your discomfort and address the underlying cause of your toothache.
What Causes Toothache
Toothache can arise from a variety of conditions:
- Cavities/Decay: These can cause sensitivity and pain when the decay reaches the nerve of the tooth.
- Grinding or Clenching: This can cause tooth discomfort due to excessive pressure.
- Abscess: This is an infection at the root of the tooth or between the tooth and the gum causing severe and persistent pain.
- Trauma: An injury to the tooth can result in a toothache.
- Tooth Impaction: An impacted tooth, such as a wisdom tooth, can cause significant discomfort.
- Cracked Teeth or Broken Fillings: These can expose the sensitive inner parts of your tooth leading to pain.
- Erosion: Acid wear can expose the sensitive dentin layer leading to pain.
- Gum Disease: Inflammation of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth can cause discomfort.
The nature of toothache can vary from person to person. It can be sharp, dull, and achy, often intensifying when you’re eating or lying down to sleep.
Recommendations to Prevent Toothache
Preventing toothache largely involves maintaining good oral hygiene:
- Regular Brushing and Flossing: Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily to remove plaque and prevent tooth decay.
- Balanced Diet: Limit sugary and acidic foods that can contribute to tooth decay and erosion.
- Regular Dental Check-ups: Regular visits can help identify potential issues early before they become painful problems.
How We Treat Toothache at Waterloo Dental Clinic
The treatment for your toothache will depend on the cause and the severity of the underlying condition. Dr. Ash will conduct a thorough examination, which may include X-rays, to determine the source of your pain.
Treatment options may include:
- Fillings: If decay is the cause, removing the decay and placing a filling can often relieve the pain.
- Root Canal: If the tooth’s nerve is infected, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth and alleviate the pain.
- Extraction: In some cases, such as severe decay, abscess, or an impacted tooth, extraction may be the best course of action to relieve your toothache.
At Waterloo Dental Clinic, we understand how debilitating a toothache can be. We are here to provide prompt and effective treatment to help you return to your daily life, free from dental pain.