Aside from regular check-ups, the most common reason people go to the dentist is to take care of various forms of tooth pain. Ongoing pain can take many forms, from a sharp, persistent and aching pain to an intermittent pain, such as what you might experience with cold and bite sensitivity. Regardless of the type of pain, it can be difficult to concentrate, eat meals, get through the day or try to sleep soundly at night. At Boston Endodontics, we treat all forms of tooth pain, with effective medications and procedures to help your mouth, teeth and gums stay it tip top shape.
The type of tooth pain you have will dictate how your dental issue should be dealt with, but the bottom line is that we will address the underlying issue and take the most appropriate steps to resolve it as quickly as possible.
Sensitivity to hot or cold foods is generally fleeting that may or may not signal a significant dental problem. The only time to be concerned is when the sensitivity remains for an extended amount of time. This may be caused by minor tooth decay, a loose filling or by gums that have receded, exposing small areas of the root surface.
For this type of pain, you may be able to use toothpastes made for sensitive teeth and brush with a soft bristled toothbrush in an up-and-down motion. If the situation persists, you should schedule an appointment to have it checked out.
Sometimes, you will experience sensitivity issues after having dental work done. Generally this is because the dental work has inflamed the pulp inside the tooth, causing a temporary condition that should heal within a matter of a couple of weeks. If the pain remains after two to four weeks, something else may be the problem, such as infection, and you should have us check it out.
If you experience a higher degree of pain lasting for more than 30 seconds after eating, drinking or exposing your teeth to something hot or cold, there is the possibility that you have some form of advanced tooth decay that has caused damage to the pulp of the tooth. You could have a cavity, a cracked tooth or some other kind of related issue that could get worse without treatment.
If this is the case, you should seek immediate care so that steps can be taken to save the tooth. This may involve a root canal or filling a cavity. If the tooth cannot be saved, it may need to be removed before healing can take place. At other times, a surrounding gum may be infected, causing an abscess that must be treated aggressively by our staff.
Boston Endodontics treats patients experiencing a variety of tooth pain, cold, and bite sensitivity issues. We serve patients in Boston, Lynnfield and other nearby Massachusetts communities. To discuss your specific dental needs, contact our Boston office at 617-742-3525 or our Lynnfield office at 781-245-8828.