Sometimes, a toothache could arise due to cold air, changes in elevation, or even sinus or allergy issues. However, these aches pass after a few hours. But what if they don’t? If you have a toothache that is persistent, then you may need to see your Livonia, MI, dentist for treatment! Otherwise, your tooth could become vulnerable to cavities, infection, and even loss!
Toothaches and Dental Cavities
The outer enamel coating our teeth protects them from damage and decay. However, poor oral hygiene could coat the teeth in plaque buildup, which weakens and even erodes enamel over time. As bacteria reaches the inner portions of dentin, this allows a cavity to form. Soon, you could develop tooth sensitivity and toothaches as the cavity increases in severity. To avoid the onset of an infection, or possibly even the loss of your tooth, you need to seek treatment when you notice sensitivity and toothaches that don’t pass after a few hours!
We start by examining your smile to identify the cause of your problem. If we discover a cavity, we can likely repair it in one visit with a lifelike dental filling. For more severe causes of tooth decay, we may place a crown. If your tooth has already become infected, then we may open the tooth and remove the infected tissue from within. We then add a restorative filling to the tooth and cover it with a custom-made dental crown. Each option we choose is personalized for our patients and designed to blend with their smile. During your visit, know that we regularly clean and infect surfaces throughout the office multiple times each day, including door handles, waiting room surfaces, reception desk, bathrooms, and tools. We also schedule appointments to prevent multiple people from being in the waiting room at one time.
Protecting Your Smile
To safeguard your smile, we may suggest taking time each day to brush your teeth for two minutes with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste. You should do this when you wake up and before going to sleep. Be sure to floss before bed too, which removes the food particles a toothbrush alone cannot. Try to cut back on sugary foods and drinks as well! If you play sports, be sure to wear a mouthguard when doing so! If you have any questions, then please contact our team today.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT RESTORING YOUR SMILE?
Our team is ready to help you obtain a healthier smile by addressing problems that could lead to discomfort and poor oral health. For more information on our approach to restorative dentistry, or to schedule a consultation, call the office of James Stewart, DDS in Livonia, MI, today at (734) 425-4400.