One of the more common dental concerns we hear from patients is tooth pain. Symptoms often vary widely from one individual to another. Dr. Shawna Hoffert will take the time to listen to your concern and then conduct a comprehensive evaluation to look for signs of decay and dysfunction.
Common Tooth Pain Symptoms
Most people have experienced momentary tooth sensitivity that is typically caused by hot or cold foods/drinks. For minor problems like these, it may be beneficial to switch to a special tooth paste for sensitive teeth.
Persistent tooth sensitivity that causes moderate or severe tooth pain can be a sign of tooth decay. Dr. Hoffert will examine the tooth and create a personalized treatment plan. A root canal is the most common procedure for dealing with this type of tooth pain. Dr. Hoffert will remove the diseased tooth pulp and seal the tooth with a dental crown.
If your tooth pain is concentrated in the jaw or face, you may have a TMJ disorder. Dr. Stephen Miller is among a small group of dentists in North Carolina to have extensive training and experience working with TMJ disorders.
TMJ disorders can contribute to tooth pain because of pressure in the jaw joints. Jaw pain can also be the result of teeth that are improperly aligned or not making proper contact. The misalignment can lead to tooth grinding or cause pressure points that in turn cause pain in the jaw joints and face.
Pain When Chewing
If you experience tooth pain when you chew or bite, you could have a cracked tooth, broken crown, or loose filling. Another cause could be a tooth cavity. Dr. Hoffert will examine your condition and create a personalized treatment plan.
Constant or Severe Pain
If you have severe tooth pain or tooth pain that won’t go away, you may have tooth decay or an abscessed tooth. If you are experiencing this type of tooth pain, contact our Asheville dental office for an appointment with Dr. Hoffert.