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Common Causes of Tooth Pain and Tooth Decay

Tooth Pain

Tooth decay is something that develops when oral bacteria makes acids that begin eating away at your tooth enamel. If tooth decay is not treated, it can lead to infection, pain and the loss of the tooth. The process of tooth decay begins long before you notice it, with damage to your tooth enamel and a steady progression to deeper parts of your tooth, ultimately winding up in the dental pulp. This is the softer part of your tooth containing nerves and a blood supply. Once tooth decay has progressed to this point, it will definitely be noticeable and quite painful.

Tooth decay can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

Poor Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene includes not only regularly brushing your teeth, but flossing regularly. Failing to do this can lead to tooth decay. The tragic thing is that it is easily prevented by brushing your teeth at least twice daily, ideally after every meal and snack. Try to brush for a minimum of two minutes.

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Sugary Foods and Drinks

Sugary foods and drinks are the best friends of oral bacteria that feed off of these substances, coating your teeth in damaging acids. This can occur very quickly after only one meal or snack, which is why you should be brushing your teeth to eliminate these acids and bacteria.

Acidic Foods and Beverages

Although most people think of soda when thinking of acidic substances, a wide variety of foods also contain acids. Even some types of fruit juice can contain acidic agents that can ultimately lead to tooth decay.

Dry Mouth Conditions

You may not realize it, but your saliva helps to slow the growth of bacteria and plaque. If you have a chronically dry mouth, you are not getting this protection. Dry mouth can be genetic, caused by certain medications, or due to medical problems like diabetes.

Teeth Grinding

If you grind your teeth, you may not even be aware of it, since it typically happens during sleep. Teeth grinding can gradually wear away your tooth enamel and lead to the development of tooth decay. Wearing a mouth guard at night can help to prevent teeth grinding, as well as finding ways to lower your stress levels.

Causes of Tooth Pain

Tooth pain most often occurs due to the progression of tooth decay. Acidic substances found in plaque can eat away at your tooth enamel and allow for the entry of bacteria. Once this bacterial infection reaches the dental pulp, an abscess can develop, which is extremely painful.

Another common cause of tooth pain is tooth trauma. This can be caused by variety of reasons, like a sports injury, vehicle accident, or biting down on something hard that causes a tooth fracture or loosens a dental filling.

The Bottom Line

If you suspect that you are developing tooth decay, or are experiencing tooth pain, please reach out to our office right away so that we can provide immediate pain relief and recommend the appropriate treatment so that no further damage occurs to your tooth.

Maintaining your routine exams and cleanings help prevent many issues like pain and decay. Nonetheless, if you suspect tooth pain or decay, contact us. Our team is available and new patients are welcome.

What Is A Smile Makeover?

Smile Makeover Weston MA

Are you self-conscious or embarrassed about your smile? You may want to consider getting a smile makeover to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Whether you have broken teeth, tooth discoloration, a crooked smile, or missing teeth, you have a wide range of treatment options available for correcting these types of imperfections.

What is a smile makeover?

When you ask the average person what a smile makeover is, they normally think it is just porcelain veneers. Although porcelain veneers can certainly be a part of  makeover, they are far from the only type of cosmetic treatment. In fact, an actual smile makeover involves a combination of dental treatments.

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The Smile Makeover: Treatment Options

Your dentist will meet with you in a consultation to develop a custom-made smile makeover plan to help you achieve your individual needs and goals. All oral health issues are first addressed. This ensures that your mouth is healthy enough for cosmetic dentistry. You will then work with your dentist to make a decision on the optimal approach for the correction of your smile.

Your makeover may include a combination of any of the following elements:

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are wafer-thin materials. Veneers are placed on the surface of teeth. They straighten, brighten, and strengthen your smile. The veneers can be composed of composite-resin or porcelain.

Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening offers superior results to take-home whitening kits, custom trays and toothpaste. Our gels have a higher concentration of the whitening agent. Additionally, your safety is assured because every step of the treatment is performed and monitored by dental professionals.

Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings

There have been recent advancements in the technology of fillings. Your old fillings can be replaced with tooth-colored fillings made from composite resin, which matches the color of your surrounding teeth. Their white color makes them virtually invisible.

Dental Implants

The best solution for missing teeth is dental implants. In short, implants are a fixed type of restoration that are the next best thing to your natural teeth.

In short, your implant is placed in two separate visits. During the first, a titanium screw is placed in your jawbone. Once the bone has fused around this post, an abutment will be attached to it. Finally, a dental crown is placed onto the abutment to serve both functionally and aesthetically as a replacement tooth.

Dental Crowns

Crowns are used in smile makeovers as well. Since they resemble natural teeth, crown increase teeth length or conceal flaws like chips or cracks.

Are you ready for a smile makeover?

Transform your look and boost your confidence with a smile makeover! Simply book your consultation today. Our team is available and new patients are welcome!