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SeeYourDentisttoFindouttheRealCauseforYourToothPain

If you have tooth pain, we want to know about it. No, really—we want to know all about it. Is the pain sharp or dull? Is it emanating from one tooth or more generally? Is it constant, intermittent or only when you bite down?

Dentists ask questions like these because there are multiple causes for tooth pain with different treatment requirements. The more accurate the diagnosis, the quicker and more successful your treatment will be.

Here are 3 different examples of tooth pain, along with their possible causes and treatments.

Tooth sensitivity. If you feel a quick jolt of pain when you eat or drink something hot or cold, it may mean your gums have drawn back (receded) from your teeth to leave more sensitive areas exposed. Gum recession is most often caused by gum disease, which we can treat by removing dental plaque, the main cause for the infection. In mild cases the gums may recover after treatment, but more advanced recession may require grafting surgery.

Dull ache around upper teeth. This type of pain might actually be a sinus problem, not a dental one. The upper back teeth share some of the same nerves as the sinus cavity just above them. See your dentist first to rule out deep decay or a tooth grinding habit putting too much pressure on the teeth. If your dentist rules out an oral cause, you may need to see your family physician to check for a sinus infection.

Constant sharp pain. A throbbing pain seeming to come from one tooth may be a sign the tooth's central pulp layer has become decayed. The resulting infection is attacking the pulp's nerves, which is causing the excruciating pain. Advanced decay of this sort requires a root canal treatment to remove the diseased tissue and fill the empty pulp chamber and root canals to prevent further infection. See your dentist even if the pain stops—the infection may have only killed the nerves, but is still present and advancing.

Pain is the body's warning system—so heed the tooth pain alert and see your dentist as soon as possible. The sooner the problem is identified and treated, the better your chances of returning to full dental health.

If you would like more information on tooth pain and what it means, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Pain? Don't Wait!

By Stiles Family Dentistry
October 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal   tooth pain  

Root CanalYou don’t always have to settle for having a tooth extracted immediately when it becomes painfully infected. You may just need a root canal to restore it to good health. Dentists perform over 15 million root canal procedure each year according to the American Association of Endodontists. Know the most important facts about getting a root canal at Stiles Family Dentistry in Salem, NH and when this procedure is most useful. 

What Is a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy is a way to disinfect and heal a tooth that has been affected by moderate to severe tooth decay. Tooth decay starts as a very small dental cavity, then progresses to a deeper problem that invades the inner tissues and nerves of the tooth over time. Chances are, when a tooth starts to ache, feel very sensitive, or starts to loosen, you and your dentist should explore the benefits of a root canal. 

When a Root Canal Is Needed
A root canal is needed when a tooth is affected by inner decay, yet it is still strong and solid enough to maintain its position in your gumline. First, your Salem, NH dentist will use dental X-rays and a visual exam to identify the presence of tooth decay and inflammation. Using dental tools, your dentist will open the tooth, remove diseased tissue, and refill the opening with a substance called gutta percha. The final step is covering and protecting the tooth with a crown.

Root Canals Work
It’s a myth that extracting a tooth is better than having root canal treatment. The American Association of Endodontists says that the root canal procedures have a high success rate. It’s possible for a treated tooth to maintain its strength and health for a lifetime. Your responsibility is to maintain good gum and oral health to avoid future bouts with dental disease.

Have Your Tooth Treated
The longer you wait for root canal therapy on an infected tooth, the more difficult it will be to save. Get treatment as soon as you start to feel discomfort. Call 603-893-4538 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jhon Giraldo, Dr. Paul Masterson, or Dr. Nicholas Papapetros at Stiles Family Dentistry in Salem, NH.

CharlizeTheronBackinActionAfterDentalSurgery

When they’re introducing a new movie, actors often take a moment to pay tribute to the people who helped make it happen — like, you know, their dentists. At least that’s what Charlize Theron did at the premiere of her new spy thriller, Atomic Blonde.

"I just want to take a quick moment to thank my dentists," she told a Los Angeles audience as they waited for the film to roll. "I don’t even know if they’re here, but I just want to say thank you."

Why did the starring actress/producer give a shout-out to her dental team? It seems she trained and fought so hard in the action sequences that she actually cracked two teeth!

“I had severe tooth pain, which I never had in my entire life,” Theron told an interviewer from Variety. At first, she thought it was a cavity — but later, she found out it was more serious: One tooth needed a root canal, and the other had to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant — but first, a bone grafting procedure was needed. “I had to put a donor bone in [the jaw] to heal,” she noted, “and then I had another surgery to put a metal screw in there.”

Although it might sound like the kind of treatment only an action hero would need, bone grafting is now a routine part of many dental implant procedures. The reason is that without a sufficient volume of good-quality bone, implant placement is difficult or impossible. That’s because the screw-like implant must be firmly joined with the jawbone, so it can support the replacement tooth.

Fortunately, dentists have a way to help your body build new bone: A relatively small amount of bone material can be placed in the missing tooth’s socket in a procedure called bone grafting. This may come from your own body or, more likely, it may be processed bone material from a laboratory. The donor material can be from a human, animal or synthetic source, but because of stringent processing techniques, the material is safe for human use. Once it is put in place your body takes over, using the grafted material as a scaffold on which to build new bone cells. If jawbone volume is insufficient for implants, it can often be restored to a viable point in a few months.

Better yet, when grafting material is placed in the tooth socket immediately after extraction, it can keep most of the bone loss from occurring in the first place, enabling an implant to be placed as soon as possible — even before the end of a movie’s shooting schedule.

Will Atomic Blonde prove to be an action-movie classic? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: When Charlize Theron walks down the red carpet, she won’t have to worry about a gap in her smile.

If you have questions about bone grafting or dental implants, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Immediate Dental Implant.”