Have you ever had a toothache? If so, did you consider it a minor nuisance, or a debilitating condition that must be dealt with immediately? As the name suggests, a toothache describes a painful tooth, but it could have a number of possible causes and can manifest in varying degrees of severity. Your Southlake dentists, Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron, can determine the cause of your toothache to help you find relief as soon as possible.
Why Do Teeth Ache?
- Decaying teeth—One of the more common reasons for a toothache is tooth decay, which slowly eats away your tooth’s structure until its vulnerable nerves and blood vessels are exposed to bacterial infection. When this happens, tooth decay can result from the infected tissue and lead to severe tooth sensitivity.
- Damaged teeth—If your tooth cracks, fractures, or breaks, then the resulting discomfort may not be such a mystery. Like tooth decay, structural damage can leave your tooth’s inner tissues exposed and vulnerable to infection and discomfort. If your tooth cracks, visit our Southlake dentist’s office as soon as possible for the best chance of saving the tooth.
- Diseased gums—Although gum disease doesn’t directly attack your teeth, it can cause the separation of your gums, which seal and protect your teeth’s roots. When the infection that leads to gum disease causes gum recession, these roots are no longer protected. Since the roots feed nutrients to your tooth’s pulp, their exposure can disturb your tooth’s peace as much as tooth decay and damage.
ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE DENTISTS:
As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.