Female holding her mouth in painOften, when patients are diagnosed with minor tooth decay or other less serious oral health problems, there are little or no side effects or warning signs of the condition. However, when patients are suffering from more advanced oral complications, there are likely to be symptoms that warn of a problem, not the least of which is a toothache. Toothaches cause considerable discomfort and are most likely a sign that the patient is in need of reconstructive dentistry services to rebuild the structure of the tooth in order to improve its function and aesthetics. If a toothache is present, our dentists can diagnose the cause of the problem and offer our Shreveport patients toothache treatment that will eliminate pain and enhance the strength and beauty of the affected tooth.

Causes of a Toothache

There are a number of dental problems that may result in a patient suffering from a toothache. This condition, which can create a consistent dull pain, a throbbing pain, or increased discomfort and sensitivity while chewing, eating, or drinking, requires immediate attention, because the most common causes of toothaches can all lead to more serious oral complications if left untreated. Below are some of the conditions that may lead to a toothache:

  • Tooth decay: Tooth decay, especially if it is advanced, exposes the center layer of the tooth, or the dentin. This increases tooth sensitivity and can lead to considerable discomfort.
  • Infection: A toothache is a common sign of a root canal infection. A root canal infection means that bacteria has entered the center of the tooth and has caused the inner nerves and tissues to become inflamed and infected. A root canal infection can cause swelling, severe discomfort, and heightened tooth sensitivity.
  • Crack or fracture: If a tooth becomes cracked or fractured, it may expose the center of the tooth and can also allow bacteria to enter the inner layer of the tooth. This is likely to result in a toothache.
  • Damaged filling: A toothache may be a sign that an old filling has worn down or become damaged. This would expose underlying tooth structure and leave it vulnerable to pain and sensitivity.
  • Gum disease: Although gum disease describes an infection of the soft tissues above the teeth, this condition does affect the teeth and may result in a toothache, especially if gum disease is severe and has resulted in swollen, inflamed gums or loose teeth.
  • Bruxism: A toothache may be a sign that the patient is grinding or clenching the teeth. This repetitive habit puts excessive pressure on the teeth and can cause structural damage that may result in a toothache.

Treating Toothaches

We offer a full range of reconstructive and restorative dentistry treatments that can rebuild tooth structure, strengthen the teeth and gums, and restore oral health in order to eliminate the discomfort of a toothache. The treatment that is best for each patient will be dependent on the cause of the toothache. Below are some common toothache treatments that may be considered:

  • Inlays and onlays
  • Dental crown
  • Dental implants
  • Root canal therapy
  • Gum disease treatment

Schedule an Appointment

Patients should not take a toothache lightly, as it may be a sign of a serious dental problem. By treating toothaches, our dentists can restore comfort to a patient’s life and enhance tooth strength and function, all while preventing more advanced oral health complications. If you have a toothache that requires treatment, schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists at Shreveport Bossier Family Dental Care. We look forward to meeting you!