Tooth sensitivity is a common dental ailment, which is why home remedies and over-the-counter (OTC) solutions for toothaches are so common. However, in most cases, such solutions only offer temporary toothache relief, if they offer any relief at all. That’s because the problem behind the sensitivity is often more serious than a simple remedy can cure. Fortunately, patients in North Hollywood can find permanent solutions to their toothaches by allowing their dentist to diagnose and treat the causes of them, which often involves one of these three common dental procedures.
Cavities are the most common chronic tooth issue, and therefore, they’re one of the most frequent causes of toothaches. If your tooth hurts because tooth decay has caused a cavity to form in it, then you may require a tooth-colored filling to remove the infection and restore the tooth’s affected structure. Once in place, the filling will seal away the sensitive parts of the tooth and stop oral bacteria or food particles from irritating it.
Root Canal Treatment
Some cases of tooth decay can become too invasive for a tooth filling to fix, and relieving the more intense discomfort of internal decay could require root canal treatment. The procedure removes the bacteria and infected tissues (including the nerves) from the tooth’s pulp and root canal. Then, much like a filling procedure, your dentist will fill and restore the tooth’s inner structures with a strong, durable, and biocompatible material.
Besides tooth decay, bruxism (chronic teeth-grinding) is another common cause of tooth sensitivity. If you have bruxism, then the unrelenting pressures of grinding your teeth can wear down their protective enamel, and eventually, their main structures. The more severely your teeth wear down, the more sensitive they’ll become, though your dentist can help you stop grinding your teeth with a custom-designed bruxism appliance.
Find the Best Treatment for Your Toothache
The most effective treatment for your toothache will depend on it’s cause, but addressing it as soon as possible is always the best option. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.