Pain in a tooth, whether it's constant or intermittent, is a warning sign that should never be ignored. Midtown Manhattan general dentist Dr. Kara Mason provides treatments that will quickly put an end to your tooth pain.
Why do I have a toothache?
Tooth pain can occur for a variety of reasons, such as:
- Tooth Decay: Cavities can be quite painful, particularly if they're large. If you have a cavity, you may notice that your tooth has become sensitive to sugary, hot, or cold foods and drinks.
- Inflamed or Infected Tooth: An inflammation or an infection in your tooth may be the reason your tooth hurts. In some cases, pain may be caused by a dental abscess. Abscesses are bacterial infections that can cause severe pain, fever, swollen lymph nodes and facial swelling. The infections require emergency dental treatment.
- A Cracked Tooth: You may notice that your tooth hurts when you chew or bite if there's a crack in it. Your gum may also become a little swollen due to a crack.
- Gum Disease: The pain in your tooth may actually be caused by gum disease. Treating the disease promptly will help you avoid tooth loss.
How can my dentist relieve my pain?
The treatment your general dentist offers will depend on the source of your pain. Tooth decay is treated by numbing your tooth, removing the decayed portion and replacing it with a filling. If your pain is caused by an inflammation or infection, you'll need root canal therapy. During the treatment, your Midtown Manhattan dentist removes the pulp and replaces it with a rubber-based filling, eliminating the source of the pain. You may also need a dental crown to strengthen your tooth.
Adding a dental crown to a cracked teeth stops the pain and also prevents the tooth from fracturing or breaking. If your pain is caused by gum disease, your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning or other treatments that remove bacteria, plaque and tartar and help your gums heal.
Relieve your toothache with a visit to your Midtown Manhattan, NY, dentist. Call general dentist Dr. Kara Mason at (212) 355-2195 to schedule an appointment.