If you have a toothache in Bluffton, it’s important to get treatment from an experienced dentist like Dr. Darrah right away. Toothaches are almost always caused by a deeper dental issue and if you don’t seek treatment, your symptoms will only get worse. Depending on what dental issue is causing your toothache, we offer a wide range of treatments to get you back to health:
Cavities are the most common cause of toothaches. As the tough enamel and dentin around your tooth become worn down by acid, the tooth may become more sensitive to heat and cold, and may even ache when you’re chewing or biting. Even if the tooth has not become infected, the weakening of the enamel and dentin can still cause sensitivity and discomfort.
A filling is usually the best way to resolve this. During treatment, Dr. Darrah will simply clean your mouth, remove damaged enamel, and use a composite or metal-amalgam filling to restore the shape of your tooth, strengthen its structure, and protect it from any further damage.
We typically use composite fillings because they are durable and mimic the color of your natural teeth perfectly, so you can restore your smile without affecting aesthetics.
If you leave a cavity untreated, the enamel and dentin will become completely worn away, exposing the nerve and blood vessel-filled “pulp” of your tooth. Then, the bacteria in your mouth will infect this pulp, causing a toothache which will result in serious pain and discomfort. Though tooth decay is the most common cause of an infected tooth, an oral injury such as a chipped or cracked tooth can also expose the pulp, resulting in an infection.
If you leave this condition untreated, your tooth will die and eventually fall out on its own or require extraction. However, a root canal can be used to treat the issue before it becomes more severe. A small hole is opened in your tooth, and the damaged enamel is removed with specialized dental tools. Then, Dr. Darrah will remove the damaged pulp, disinfect your tooth, and fill the empty space with a rubbery, inert material. Then, the form and function of your tooth will be repaired with a dental crown.
If your wisdom teeth do not erupt properly and are “impacted,” they can cause serious discomfort and even become infected. A toothache, discoloration around the gum, and pain in the jaw are all signs that your wisdom teeth may need to be removed.
Depending on how deeply your tooth is impacted, it may be extracted by simply loosening the tooth its socket and pulling it out, or Dr. Darrah may need to make an incision in the gum, and remove it surgically. Regardless of which method is used, you’ll be able to get relief from the pain of your toothache, and prevent further complications related to impacted wisdom teeth.
If you have a toothache, you should never ignore it. A toothache always indicates that something else is wrong with one of your teeth, and it won’t go away on its own.
Schedule an appointment at Buckwalter Dental Care now by giving us a call at (843) 815-3232. You can also come to our office at 31 Innovation Dr, #2, Bluffton, SC 29910. Dr. Darrah will examine your mouth, determine the cause of your toothache, and provide you with the treatment you need to get relief from your pain and discomfort.