Not everyone visits their dentist when a toothache strikes because they can often find some form of relief with an over-the-counter pain reliever or other home remedy. However, most people will have to deal with the pain again in the near future because such remedies only address the immediate discomfort. A toothache doesn’t occur for no reason, and usually, the only way to permanently relieve it is to address the cause behind it. Otherwise, you may find your toothache and the state of your tooth growing increasingly worse over time.
Your tooth is damaged
You may not always realize when your tooth becomes worn down or cracked, but eventually, the pain of the damage will make it obvious. Depending on the extent of the damage, your dentist can restore it with cosmetic tooth bonding, a porcelain veneer, or a full porcelain dental crown. This will stop the damage from growing worse and alleviate the pain every time you bite and chew.
A cavity is developing
Like a crack or fracture in your tooth, a cavity (or hole) in your tooth can leave its structure vulnerable and lead to various levels of tooth pain. A cavity is caused by tooth decay, which is a bacterial infection in your tooth structure. If you act soon enough, you may be able to treat yours with a minimally invasive tooth-colored filling, which stops the decay, restores your tooth, and cures the cause of your toothache.
Diagnose and Relieve Your Toothache for Good
In many cases, you can’t find relief for your toothache until your dentist diagnoses the exact cause of it. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.