If you suffer from frequent tooth pain, you may have bruxism or a tooth infection. Bruxism occurs when you clench and grind your teeth unconsciously, often in stressful situations or during sleep. Dental infections occur when plaque and tartar build up on and around the teeth and gums. Infections are often caused by poor oral hygiene, diets that are high in sugar, or dental trauma and injury. Request a consultation with Dr. Nicholas Gardner if you have noticed sudden tooth pain. Dr. Gardner works one-on-one with his patients to help diagnose problems and give them comprehensive treatment. Learn how Dr. Gardner treats common causes of tooth pain below.
How to Treat Tooth Pain
Bruxism: Dr. Gardner may recommend a mouthguard or bite correction therapy for patients who clench and grind their teeth. Wearing a mouthguard, particularly at night, prevents the teeth from becoming worn down and alleviates stress on the jaw and teeth. Dr. Gardner may also perform a bite correction to bring the teeth into proper contact. Treating the teeth in this way allows for the jaw to function properly and eliminates stress on the joints.
Tooth Infection: Root canals are the best option for patients who have cavities caused by extensive tooth decay. During this treatment, Dr. Gardner will drill a small hole in the back of the affected tooth, remove the infected tissue, and seal it with a biocompatible material to prevent any further infection or tooth pain. If you have a gum infection that is causing pain in both the teeth and gums, we will recommend you to a specialist who can ensure that your teeth are not separating from the gums.
When Do I Need to See a Dentist?
It is important to visit our Gouverneur, NY dental office at least twice a year for a routine dental exam, oral health and disease screening, and professional dental cleaning. However, if you become aware of any changes in your dental health, you may want to schedule an appointment with our team sooner. Please call our office if you notice any tooth pain or sensitivity. We will help you get an appointment as soon as possible.