Robert Scott Nance, D.D.S., M.S., P.A.
Endodontist located in Statesville, NC & Hickory, NC
Around 22% of Americans experience tooth pain — clinically known as odontogenic pain — at some point during their lives. If you’re experiencing tooth pain, contact Robert Scott Nance, DDS, MS, PA, and his team in Statesville and Hickory, North Carolina. Dr. Nance provides expert exams to identify the cause of your tooth pain and customized treatments to relieve your pain and protect your dental health. You don’t have to put up with tooth pain, call Dr. Nance or schedule a consultation online today.
Tooth Pain Q & A
What causes tooth pain?
Tooth pain — also referred to as odontogenic pain — has many potential causes. The most common cause is inflammation of your dental pulp due to tooth decay. Complications of periodontal (gum) disease, such as gum recession and swelling, are the second most common cause of dental pain. Other potential causes of tooth pain include:
- Tooth enamel erosion
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Recent dental treatments like fillings or root canals
You might even suffer from tooth pain if you have a sinus infection that causes severe swelling and compresses your dental nerves.
When should I talk to a dentist about tooth pain?
Tooth pain is a warning sign that you have a dental health problem. You should never ignore it, especially if a fever accompanies the pain. If you have a toothache that lasts for more than two days or a sharp, aching, or throbbing pain that doesn’t subside, make an appointment with Dr. Nance and his team.
How is the cause of tooth pain diagnosed?
Dr. Nance and his team provide comprehensive exams, including X-rays and state-of-the-art digital imaging equipment, to identify the cause of your tooth pain. They look for signs of gum disease, tooth decay, and other problems that trigger odontogenic pain.
How is tooth pain treated?
Treatment for tooth pain depends on the condition causing it. For example, if you have a chipped or broken tooth, Dr. Nance and his team can repair your tooth and place a dental crown to protect it from future damage or decay.
However, if you have tooth decay on the surface or interior of your tooth, Dr. Nance and his team offer expert fillings and root canal treatments to protect and seal your tooth. To reduce pain related to receding gums, they may recommend procedures to restore your gums and remove any lingering bacteria to prevent future infections.
In some cases, you might benefit from simply changing to a toothpaste designed to reduce tooth sensitivity.
If you’re troubled by tooth pain, call Dr. Nance and his team, or make an appointment online today to find out what’s causing your pain and get the expert, personalized treatment you need to eliminate it.