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Common Tooth Problems and How to Treat Them

Your dentists, Dr. R. Brian Kane, Dr. Doris Chan and Dr. Luke St. Marie in Renton Washington are committed to helping you maintain a healthy smile. When you experience tooth pain or sensitivity, it’s important to make an appointment for an exam to determine the cause of the problem. At Valley Dental Group, we provide comprehensive dental care services for the entire family, including family dentistry, root canal treatment, and cosmetic solutions such as dental implants and veneers.

Common Causes of Tooth Pain

Toothaches are one of the most frequently-reported reasons that patients visit their dentist. There are many possible causes of tooth pain, but only your dentist can accurately identify the reason for your discomfort and suggest the best treatment. If you experience a persistent toothache, it’s best to schedule prompt dental care.

  • While small cavities rarely cause noticeable pain, advanced tooth infections that have reached the pulp of the tooth are a common cause of tooth pain. The best solution for this type of pain is a root canal, which will clear out the infection and prevent the need for extraction.
  • Wisdom teeth are another common cause of tooth pain, particularly when they are impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to infection or pain in the gums and adjacent teeth; your dentist will refer you to a specialist if your wisdom teeth require removal.
  • Cracked or broken teeth can also cause pain if the nerves in the pulp are affected. In these cases, a root canal is typically recommended to eliminate pain and a dental crown is placed to restore the original look and function of the affected tooth.

Understanding Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity may affect one or more teeth. Sensitive teeth typically cause discomfort when eating or drinking certain types of foods, as well as while brushing and flossing. Tooth sensitivity is most often caused by a process called enamel erosion, which occurs when the tough layer of enamel that protects the teeth is worn away. This can occur for many reasons, primarily aggressive brushing and consistent contact with acidic foods or drinks.

Tooth sensitivity may also be caused by gum recession, which is associated with both advanced periodontal disease and aggressive brushing. In some cases, tooth sensitivity and tooth pain are due to bruxism, or clenching and grinding of the teeth at night.

If you suffer from sensitive teeth, alerting your dentist is the best way to diagnose the cause and develop a plan to minimize or prevent further sensitivity and dental disease.

If you’re suffering from any kind of tooth pain or sensitivity, please call Valley Dental Group today at 425-336-1574 and our dentists will get to the root of your problem!