There are many ways to describe a toothache, and if you’ve ever had one, then you probably know that most (if not all) of them are far from positive. For some, a toothache may be no more than a frequent nuisance, while for others, it can be the most excruciating discomfort they’ll ever experience. Even if you can stand your tooth’s sensitivity, you shouldn’t ignore it, since it may indicate a problem that could grow worse with time. Instead, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans advise seeking treatment as soon as possible to address the cause of your toothache.
Why Teeth Hurt
A toothache isn’t a dental issue in and of itself, but rather a symptom—one that’s shared by a number of dental health conditions. For instance, the enamel covering your teeth can grow weak due to poor hygiene, exposing the sensitive dentin underneath it. The more your tooth hurts, the weaker your enamel may be, and soon, a cavity may develop as bacteria slip past enamel and infect your tooth. If your gums are diseased, they can separate (recede) from your teeth’s roots, which are connected to the nerves at the center of your teeth. As each of these issues grows worse, your risk significantly increases for cavities and gum disease, respectively.
What Can Your Dentist Do?
When you visit Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans for your toothache, the first step following your consultation will be a thorough and comprehensive examination to assess your condition. If they discover that your enamel is weak, but a cavity has yet to develop, then they may recommend fluoride treatments along with improvements to your dental hygiene routine. Gum recession can often be resolved with a deep periodontal cleaning, which involves removing bacteria from underneath your gums so they can heal and reattach to your teeth. If a cavity or gum disease is present, then we’ll recommend an appropriate restorative treatment to restore your smile’s good health and alleviate your discomfort.
About Your Reno Dentists:
Dr. William Wager, Dr. Brian Evans, and our highly experienced team at Wager Evans Dental are devoted to our patients and their families, and dedicated to providing first-rate dental care in a comfortable, inviting environment. Located in Reno, we proudly welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 829-7700.