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Treat Your Toothache To End Your Pain

March 25, 2017

A toothache can be much more than a minor issue. It can disrupt your life and interfere with your ability to focus on what you are trying to do — whether that’s work or spending time with your family.

If your teeth are causing you pain, then something is wrong. And if something is wrong, then Dr. Michael Griffin and our team at Northalsted Dental Spa want to help.

Tooth decay, gum disease, and trauma to a tooth are some a few reasons you may be experiencing a toothache. Regardless of the reason, our dentist office in Chicago is here for you.

If you are dealing with a toothache, please call us today at 773-245-2779 or contact us online to request an appointment as soon as possible. The earlier we can see you, the sooner we can relieve your pain.


Don’t Let The Pain Get Worse

Toothaches can start small and become much worse in a short amount of time.

Many toothaches are the result of infections of the soft tissues inside your tooth. As part of these infections, those tissues can become inflamed. This can lead to feelings of pressure or a throbbing painful sensation.

The sooner you seek help, the sooner we can take action to remove the infection and alleviate your suffering.


How Toothaches Can Develop

Toothaches can come on slowly or appear to come out of nowhere. Regardless, it’s not something you should ignore. Toothaches are not likely to get better on their own.

With that in mind, you may be able to prevent a toothache by seeking help as soon as you notice something is wrong. With that in mind, these are some problems that lead to toothaches:


▪︎ Tooth decay — Tooth decay starts with bacteria that live in your mouth. These are the bacteria that create plaque and that will eat into your tooth if they are not removed by daily brushing and flossing.

Tooth decay can lead to cavities, and if those cavities are not treated, the decay can spread deeper into your tooth. When it reaches the pulp chamber at the center of your tooth, the pulp (a soft connective tissue) can become inflamed and put pressure on the nerves and blood vessels inside your tooth.


▪︎ Gum disease — Gum disease also starts with bacteria in your mouth. If your gums become infected, plaque and tartar can build around the roots of your teeth. This can create an opportunity to for bacteria can eat into your teeth at the roots.

If the bacteria eats its way to the root canal, then it can infect your pulp there as well. This can lead to an abscessed tooth or to the problems described above with untreated tooth decay.


▪︎ Trauma to your tooth — This can occur in a variety of ways.

You could crack your tooth by biting into something too hard such as an unpopped kernel of popcorn or an unexpected olive pit. An injury, such as an accidental elbow to the mouth during a sporting event, can cause a tooth to break.

Either of those situations can allow bacteria to get inside your tooth faster and create an infected or an abscessed tooth.


Complications Of Toothaches

By letting a toothache go untreated, your problems are likely to get worse.

As the infection grows, you may experience the following symptoms:

▸ Swelling around your tooth

▸ Pain when you try to bite or chew

▸ A constant bad taste in your mouth

▸ Fever or chills

▸ Nausea or vomiting


Take Action To Stop The Pain

Dr. Griffin never wants to see any patient in pain. We can provide whatever treatment is needed to remove your infection and get you back to feeling like yourself.

In the case of a serious toothache, a root canal treatment is often necessary. Root canals have a bad reputation, but in modern dentistry, they can be performed without causing you any pain. In fact, it would be more accurate to say the root canals are intended to end your pain.

In the most serious cases, removing and replacing the tooth may be necessary.

In either situation, we will work to restore both your smile and the function of your tooth.


To schedule an appointment at Northalsted Dental Spa, either fill out our online form or call 773-245-2779.


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