A Painful Tooth: Should It Stay Or Should It Go? [BLOG]
If you were taking a brisk walk through the park and suddenly felt a sharp pain in your knee that stopped you in your tracks, you may wait for a second for the pain to subside.
If you felt that same pain repeatedly over the next few days, it wouldn’t be long before you reached for the phone to call your primary physician to have it checked out.
This is the standard approach most people take when it comes to their overall health.
Yet we tend to respond differently to dental pain.
Maybe it’s fear of the dentist. Maybe it’s the idea that any dental treatment you may need is far more dreadful than whatever problem is causing the pain in the first place.
Our team at the LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania have been treating patients for long enough to know that any tooth pain you’re feeling should never go ignored.
It could be a small dental problem, sure, but risking your oral and overall health is not worth the risk if the problem is much more serious.
So today’s blog is looking at what could be causing your tooth pain and why it needs to be treated sooner rather than later! A tooth extraction may be the best way to protect your smile and your health.
The Underlying Causes Of Tooth Pain
We always stress to our patients at the LANAP & Implant Center that you should never try to simply hope your tooth pain away. Any pain or discomfort you experience elsewhere in your body, you’d want to have a doctor look at, right?
You should take the same approach when it comes to your mouth. Pain is a signal. It means something is not right.
Therefore, you should contact one of our Pennsylvania dental offices to schedule an appointment for an oral exam.
Here are some things we look for upon close examination of your problem tooth in order to avoid more serious health problems:
-We check for any damage to your tooth and whether parts remain in your jawbone.
-We check for any signs of infection to your gums and inside the tooth.
-We evaluate the strength of your trouble tooth and surrounding structures.
Dr. DiGiallorenzo is a highly-qualified dentist who specializes in periodontal health and the issues that threaten it. He can determine what’s underneath your tooth pain and take steps to treat the problem.
When A Tooth Should Go
We’re listing a few common reasons dentists opt for tooth extraction instead of other restorative methods to preserve your healthy smile:
Periodontal infection, or gum disease, is the number one threat to your oral health.
When bacteria in your mouth lingers, it’s able to feed on food debris and create harmful acids that irritate and inflame your gums.
Once that process begins, if left alone, it will worsen and cause your gums to pull away from your teeth. This is why gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss.
If you have a loose tooth as a result of periodontal infection, we may have to extract that tooth in order to protect all the others. Removing the tooth and replacing it with a dental implant is the best strategy to keep you safe from future tooth loss, gum disease, and serious health risks that result.
This is a big one!
You never want to assume that a toothache is just a passing annoyance that will right itself eventually. Often, if you have an untreated infected tooth, you’re at a higher risk for systemic health problems because that infection can spread to the rest of your body.
This is incredibly dangerous and enough reason on its own to have your painful tooth check out by someone at the LANAP & Implant Center.
It turns out, you can have too much of a good thing.
Whether you have a baby tooth that never quite got the memo that it was time to fall out or you just have too many permanent teeth, your smile can be too crowded.
We often extract teeth simply to pave the way for another treatment or procedure to preserve your oral health. There needs to be enough room for all your teeth to be in the right position for appearance and function.
An impacted tooth is often the result of complications with your wisdom teeth. Sometimes, a wisdom tooth comes tries to erupt in the wrong spot or position, but even when that’s not the case, they do pose a challenge for your daily oral care.
Because wisdom teeth are so far back in your mouth, it can be hard to keep them clean and avoid decay and cavities.
Removing an impacted tooth can relieve your pain and discomfort and protect you from future oral health complications.
Make An Appointment
We hope we’ve helped you understand why you shouldn’t try to ignore a toothache.
It’s not always the case that tooth extraction is the next step, but given how dangerous bacterial infection is, you should always have dental pain explored by a trained professional.
Dr. DiGiallorenzo and our team are here for you and will use our experience and advanced technology to determine the best dental treatment for you!
Call the LANAP & Implant Center today at 610-228-4366 for our Collegeville, PA office or 570-505-6908 for our South Williamsport location. You can also fill out our convenient online form to request an appointment.