Severe tooth pain is enough to bring many adults to tears — and it’s even worse for children! There are several things that can cause minor toothaches. However, when the pain is severe, there’s a good chance that you have an infected tooth or a serious problem that requires immediate attention. We’ve outlined four of the most common causes of severe toothaches and a symptom checklist.
In the time before modern dentistry, wisdom teeth were essential. Lack of good dental hygiene led to extensive tooth loss. So when it came time for these third molars to emerge in the back of the mouth, there was plenty of room to welcome them. Today, dental technology is more advanced than ever, and adults are able to repair and keep more teeth than they were even only 50 years ago. The wisdom teeth, however, are now problematic. Often, removal is necessary to prevent problems, especially if they are impacted.
When you’re a child, it’s cute. In fact, there’s probably an awkward family photo of you when you were six years old, proudly pushing a loose front tooth with your index finger. Losing baby teeth meant a treat or money from the “Tooth Fairy.” In short, loose baby teeth = charming. Loose permanent teeth? Not so much. Find out what to do if your adult tooth is loose.
Root canals get a bad rap. Simply mentioning the words conjures unsettling images, but in actuality, having a root canal is very similar to having a cavity filled. In addition, a root canal is vital for clearing infection and keeping your mouth healthy. In this post, we offer some insight into this much-maligned procedure.
If only wisdom teeth could live up to the promise of their name. Far from promoting knowledge, the arrival of these third molars causes a lot of questions— particularly, should they stay or should they go? Pre-emptive wisdom teeth removal has become a rite of passage for many adolescents, but can be controversial: Those who oppose early removal argue that the surgery is unnecessary, and, like all procedures, carries some risk. However, 80 to 90 percent of impacted wisdom teeth cause problems, ranging from overcrowding to pain. Therefore, most wisdom teeth should be removed. See why!
Drinking a cold glass of lemonade or enjoying an ice cream treat is a refreshing way to get relief from the summer heat . . . until contact with that cold delicacy causes a stabbing, throbbing pain to shoot through your tooth. There are many different causes of tooth pain, and only a dentist can determine if the problem is caused by a sensitive tooth, a cavity, or something more extensive such as an abscess or infection.