Tooth pain typically strikes when you least expect it, leaving you struggling to eat, concentrate, and even sleep at night. But, instead of popping an over-the-counter pain reliever and hoping it will go away, you should instead see a dentist to get to the bottom of the problem.
Daniel Park, DDS, offers cosmetic, general, and emergency services at Beaumont Cherry Valley Dental in Beaumont, California. He also understands dental anxiety and fear, so you can rest easy knowing that he can keep you comfortable, so you can get the treatment you need worry-free.
If your tooth hurts when you chew, here’s what you need to know.
Your teeth may look like they’re made of solid material, this isn’t true. While the outer layer is made of hard enamel, the inside contains a soft, delicate tissue called pulp.
The pulp consists of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. And while the outer layer helps protect the pulp, it’s not invincible. If the pulp becomes damaged or exposed, it can cause aches and pains, especially while biting or chewing.
Common causes of tooth pain include:
Since tooth pain can arise for various reasons, it’s essential to seek treatment if sensitivity or discomfort sets in.
A painful tooth doesn’t require a root canal 100% of the time. However, if you have issues with the pulp, such as infection, inflammation, or necrosis, a root canal is often the best option for saving your tooth.
Signs you need a root canal include:
Root canals save millions of teeth year after year. Yet, they have a reputation for being painful, scary procedures. In reality, this treatment is generally painless and extremely effective.
First, you’re given anesthesia. Then, Dr. Park makes a small opening in the affected tooth. Then, he removes the damaged pulp and cleans the inside of your tooth. Finally, Dr. Park fills the inside of your tooth and seals the access point.
After having a root canal, you’ll need a small filling or a crown to protect your tooth from additional damage. However, your tooth will still function like the other teeth in your mouth, and you’ll be pain-free.
Since Dr. Park numbs your tooth before starting your treatment, you can usually return to school or work immediately after a root canal. However, he often recommends waiting to eat until the numbness in the area fades.
Do you have tooth pain when you chew? Learn more about your treatment options by calling 951-845-2661 to book an appointment with Beaumont Cherry Valley Dental today.