There’s simply nothing quite like dental pain or discomfort. It can leave you totally debilitated and even unable to work or even think straight. Your Oregon City dentists offer thorough examinations and treatments to relieve you of your dental pain and bring you back to your old self.
Dental pain can be caused by a number of issues, including trauma, deep tooth decay, teeth grinding or clenching, or even gum disease. Whatever the source of the pain, one things is for certain – no one wants to walk around with sharp pains in their mouth or constant sensitivity to food or drinks.
Drs. Kyle and Annalisa Smith work with every patient to effectively alleviate dental pain through gentle care and aggressive treatment. We treat dental emergencies, from broken crowns to knocked-out or loose teeth. If your emergency occurs during regular business hours, our office will take every measure to see you the same day.
Aside from accidents, most dental emergencies can be avoided with proper home care and regular dental checkups. One of the important things to remember in dentistry is that your teeth and gums should not hurt. If you have grown to live with your dental pains, it’s likely those pains will develop into more serious and costly problems. Untreated deep cavities, now sensitive to cold drinks and foods, can easily turn into root canal procedures, just as minor swelling of the gums can turn into a very serious form of gum disease that can threaten your entire mouth and body.
We see patients every day who have signs of gum disease or are experiencing the more painful effects of serious periodontitis, which occurs when inflammation surrounds the tooth. Gum disease is a widespread issue across the county – more than 75 percent of Americans will have gum disease – and the number one reason for tooth loss. Even beyond the link to tooth loss, gum disease has been connected to serious illness like heart disease and diabetes.
Gum disease is a treatable dental problem, but unfortunately, it can be very painful for patients if left untreated. Common signs of gum disease include swollen or bleeding gums, sores in the mouth, receding gums, persistent bad breath, and even loose or failing teeth.
Our office uses scaling and root planing to remove harmful plaque and tartar from the tooth that allows gum disease and decay to persist. Using local anesthesia, we clean the surface of the tooth below the gumline to remove excess plaque buildup that could later develop into painful periodontal pockets.
We like to see most patients with a history of gum disease about once every three to four months, as the bacteria that develops inflammation can multiply quickly.
Bruxism and TMJ Treatment
We use our temporomandibular joint (TMJ) thousands of times a day, whether it’s for eating, speaking, yawning, or other jaw movements. With the importance and wide use of the TMJ, you can imagine how TMJ pains can become an uncomfortable distraction in your everyday life.
It’s possible to have TMJ pains from accidents, but the most common problem that irritates the TMJ is known as bruxism, which is when patients clench or grind their teeth. This typically happens during sleep. The pressure creates inflammation in the TMJ, which then can lead to jaw pains; clicking, popping, or locking of the jaw; tooth sensitivity; ringing in the ears; neck or shoulder pains; or chronic headaches. Patients who grind or clench their teeth can actually wear down their enamel and put themselves at a greater risk of fractures, chips, or breaks.
Our office crafts custom-made mouthguards that will take the pressure off of your teeth and TMJ. We also work with a TMJ specialist for more advanced TMJ problems.
When you’re dealing with a dental emergency or are reeling from constant pains in mouth, don’t wait around and let the condition get worse. We promise, the issues will not go away on their own, but we can help relieve your pain! Call our office today at 503-656-8250 or schedule your first appointment using our online form.
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