Smile Pain: A Handful Of Things It Might Mean 

When smile pain shows up in your life, your first thought (after you feel upset that it doesn’t feel very good) is likely: What is the problem? You wonder why discomfort has arrived, what it means, and then, of course, you begin wondering what you should do about it. The “what you should do” in terms of moving forward with your oral health care, of course, will always include coming in for a checkup with our Southlake, TX team and following through on suggested care as a result. As for the “why” behind your new, not-so-appreciated sensation, we can help you with that, too! Let’s get going with a quick head-start in the information department.

You’re Doing Something Wrong

We want you to remember that if you experience smile pain, you may be doing something wrong. Before you assume something requires dental care from our team, remember that it’s possible you could make a very small change to your day-to-day experience, as you see immediate improvement. Consider possible concerns:

  • You are brushing or flossing with aggressive motions! Ease up and you may notice a change.
  • You’re eating very hard food or you’re snacking quite a lot, so your teeth are uncomfortable or your jaws are tired. Switch to softer foods and less snacking.
  • You’re carrying things with your teeth or are tearing open packages and you can feel the results of that hard work. Stop asking too much of your smile!

An Issue Requires Restorative Care

On the other hand, it’s entirely possible that you have injured your smile or that your oral health is at risk due to an underlying health concern. You may require a restorative treatment to address physical damage and/or to address disease. Whether you are dealing with tooth decay, an infection, a broken or cracked tooth, etc., we are here to help, so come in soon!

A Functional Concern Needs Attention

Smile pain doesn’t necessarily mean that something is diseased or damaged. In some cases, it means that you are dealing with a functional disorder that has the potential to lead to damage. So, come in. See our team! We may determine that you’re experiencing something like bruxism disorder, for which we provide you with comfortable, effective care that will address the issue and turn that discomfort around quickly.

Say Bye-Bye To Oral Pain 

Come in for a dental checkup the moment you realize you are experiencing pain, so you can talk with us about your symptoms, as we guide you toward improved knowledge and a plan for optimal oral health. Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake and surrounding areas.