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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.
Could a root canal be in your future?
Sure, no one likes hearing the word “root canal”; however, this procedure has saved countless teeth from the perils of an extraction. Of course, we also know that no one wants to lose a tooth if they can prevent it, and root canal therapy can often preserve your natural smile for the long run. Our Midtown Manhattan dentist, Dr. Kara Mason, can tell you why you might need a root canal and why it’s really nothing to fear.
Why is a root canal performed?
Underneath those hard layers of your tooth (known as the enamel and dentin layers) is a small structure that lies inside your tooth. This soft-tissue structure made up of nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels is known as the dental pulp. The dental pulp is instrumental in the development of a tooth; however, once the tooth has fully developed the pulp is no longer necessary for the health and integrity of the tooth.
Unfortunately, there are issues that arise that can affect the health of the dental pulp. Damage to the tooth as well as decay can be severe enough to allow bacteria to infect the dental pulp. Once the pulp is infected or inflamed it will need to be removed. The removal of the dental pulp is the main goal of root canal therapy.
What are the warning signs?
So, what could your smile be trying to tell you? Could it be trying to let you know that you need a root canal? You may need to get a root canal in Midtown Manhattan if you re dealing with any of these issues:
- A crack or hole in your tooth
- A toothache that gets worse when chewing or putting pressure on the tooth
- Sudden tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
- Swelling or tenderness of the gums around the tooth
- An abscess on the gums
- Facial swelling
None of these symptoms should go ignored, as dental problems never clear up on their own (they will always require proper dental treatment). The sooner you seek care from our NYC general dentist the better.
Do you have questions about getting a root canal? Are you experiencing dental pain or other symptoms in Midtown Manhattan, and need a dental expert who will be able to treat your problems effectively? If so, call GentleDentalNYC right away at (212) 355-2195.