Toothaches

toothaches diagramWhat are Toothaches?

Toothaches are characterized by pain in or around a tooth. Other symptoms, depending on the severity of the toothache, may include: swelling, fever, foul-tasting drainage from affected tooth.

What Causes Toothaches?

Toothaches can be cause by a variety of different circumstances. You can get a toothache from tooth decay or erosion, an abscessed tooth, teeth grinding, damaged fillings, or infections in the teeth or gums.

Treatments with Michael E. Thum Dentistry

You should seek dental assistance from a toothache if you have pain that is severe, and that lasts longer than 1-2 days. It is important to get a toothache eradicated early to prevent any potential infection from spreading further than just the tooth. Michael E. Thum Dentistry will do a physical examination to determine how the toothache developed and the severity of the infection. The treatments can range from cavity filling, to a root canal, to subscriptions to antibiotics.

Tooth Erosion

tooth erosion and common dental problemsWhat is Tooth Erosion?

Tooth erosion is characterized by a wearing away of the enamel of your tooth. The enamel is the outermost layer of your teeth and helps protect your dentin from everyday use and wear.

What Causes Tooth Erosion?

There are many causes for tooth erosion. It can occur simply by everyday wear, but the process can be sped up by a number of other factors. Neglect of daily brushing and flossing allows bacteria and acid to build up in your mouth and speed up erosion. It can also be caused by high sugar diet, acidic fruits and foods, acid reflux, and other medical conditions.

Treatments with Michael E. Thum Dentistry

If you notice excessive sensitivity, discoloration, chips or cracks, or pain, it is important to seek dental help for possible tooth erosion. The team at Michael E. Thum Dentistry can diagnose the level of tooth erosion and properly treat it accordingly. Depending on the severity, a number of methods are possible, such as deep cleanings, tooth bonding and tooth crowns to protect the tooth from further decay.