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3 Reasons Your Teeth Might Be Hurting

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Dental discomfort can be distracting and downright painful. The professionals at Advanced Dental Associates, a leading San Antonio TX family dental office, understand how dental pain can affect your life, and we have gentle ways for you to get out of dental pain.

Your teeth shouldn’t hurt, but not all dental pain is caused by the same thing. The best way to pinpoint your dental pain is to schedule a cleaning and exam at our dental office. We are using advanced digital technology to diagnose dental problems and even laser technology to treat your dental problems. You can reach us at 210-714-2226 to book an appointment.

Meanwhile, today we want to share 3 reasons your teeth might be hurting.

  1. Dental decay

Dental decay is one of the more common reasons teeth hurt. To understand how decay can cause pain, you have to understand the structure of the tooth. The outer layer of the tooth is called the enamel. Then you have the dentin, dental pulp and root, respectively. The enamel is the hardest substance in the body, but it can succumb to dental decay, leaving the tooth’s dentin exposed.

Even the tiniest cavities can cause a significant amount of pain, but infections in the dentin and dental pulp can be particularly painful! It all depends on the sensitivity of your teeth. What’s frustrating about dental decay is that you can feel little to no discomfort and STILL have serious problems. People with decay often experience sensitivity to hot or cold sensations on their teeth. Your best bet is to get to a dentist for your regular cleanings AND to address dental discomfort immediately.  

Important notes: Only a dentist can stop dental decay. It won’t go away on its own. A small cavity can quickly develop into a bigger problem, like an even more painful root infection or potentially losing the tooth.

  1. Gum disease

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, and it can be an extremely painful if left untreated. Like tooth decay, gum disease is caused by bacteria. It usually starts with bleeding or swollen gums, but in its advanced cases, gum disease will cause the teeth and gums to pull apart. The infection can even cause the bone around the tooth to erode.

If you’ve notice problems with your teeth and gums, you might have the early stages of gum disease. Our office is treating this problem with advanced laser treatment, which is a more comfortable alternative to using scalpels and sutures to remove gum infections.

  1. Clenching or Grinding

Clenching or grinding the teeth together can cause damage to your teeth, gums, and even jawbone. People often clench or grind their teeth without even knowing it. This habit usually happens because of an issue known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Whenever you clench or grind, you’re putting a huge amount of pressure on your teeth jaw. It’s not uncommon for people with TMD to wear down the enamel on their teeth or even to chip or break their teeth.

To help subside this problem, we’re using a comfortable mouthguard that will take the tension off of the teeth and jawbone. You’ll wear the mouthguard while you sleep, and most patients of ours see immediate results.

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These are just a few ways we can help make your smile better. Our wonderful staff would love to meet you. During that first visit, we’ll assess your mouth and look for any abnormalities in the mouth. We can prevent dental pain and extensive dental problems. So please give us a call today at  210-714-2226 to get things started.

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