You suddenly feel a slight twinge in your mouth but think nothing of it. But, the pain starts to worsen and you soon realize you have toothache. If left unchecked the pain from toothache can become so bad it is incapacitating. The most likely cause of this toothache is tooth decay and the best course of action is to head directly to your Encino dentist to get it fixed.
The Main Causes Of Toothaches
There are many reasons for toothaches but the main ones are decay, cavities and cracks. These issues lead to the exposure of dentin and nerve endings and this is the cause of the pain, which can be severe.
Decay and cavities can be caused by many things, including too much sugar (especially refined white sugar found in candy) and not taking care of ones teeth properly. Cracks, on the other hand can be caused by biting something hard or just through general use of the teeth over years and years. Also, cracks can be caused by brushing to hard (though not generally).
Other, lesser known, activities that can cause decay are caffeine, and tobacco products. These do contain chemicals that will decay teeth and, of course, they also stain the enamel covering the teeth.
The best way to prevent such problems is by having a daily regimen of dental care. You should brush, with a high quality toothbrush, every day, floss and use a mouth wash. These things not only help your teeth but also your gums, preventing diseases such as gingivitis.
As soon as you feel (or see) any tooth problems you should immediate visit your dentist as the sooner the issue is fixed the easier it will be – and the less pain you will suffer.
When you visit your dentist and the problem is that of decay, they will probably use a filling to fix it. We look at the different types of filling next.
How Fillings Are Used By Your Dentist To Cure Dental Issues
Fillings are the usual way your dentist will repair teeth suffering from decay or that have a cavity.
The process is quite simple. They will, if possible, remove the decayed part of the tooth and replace it with one of several differing materials that are shaped to function just like the original tooth. Obviously, if there was too much decay, the whole tooth would have to be removed.
There are several different types of filling and these are selected based on how much decay there was (or how big the cavity was), where the tooth is in the mouth and, lastly, for cosmetic reasons.
The preferred material used for most fillings is porcelain as it can be matched to the color of the teeth and it is, basically, impervious to stain and damage. A less expensive material is man-made composite that is used.
Other materials that some people chose, for typically cosmetic purposes, are gold, and less common, silver. Gold, by its very nature is expensive and, because it is so malleable, can take several visits to the dentist to get seated and shaped correctly.
You should make decisions about fillings in conjunction with your dentist after your teeth have been thoroughly examined. The good news is that having cavities filled is now a very simple and painless process and just one of the dental services all qualified dental practices will offer.