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By Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry
April 05, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Toothache  

A toothache means a tooth has a problem, right? Most of the time, yes: the pain comes from a decayed or fractured tooth, or possibly a gum infection causing tooth sensitivity.

Sometimes, though, the pain doesn't originate with your teeth and gums. They're fine and healthy—it's something outside of your tooth causing the pain. We call this referred pain—one part of your body is sending or referring pain to another part, in this instance around your mouth.

There are various conditions that can create referred pain in the mouth, and various ways to treat them. That's why you should first find out the cause, which will indicate what treatment course to take.

Here are a few common non-dental causes for tooth pain.

Trigeminal Neuralgia. The trigeminal nerves situated on either side of the face have three large branches that extend throughout the face; the branch to the jaw allows you to feel sensation as you chew. When one of the nerve branches becomes inflamed, usually from a blood vessel or muscle spasm pressing on it, it can refer the pain to the jaw and seem like a toothache.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). These two joints that connect the lower jaw to the skull can sometimes become dysfunctional for a variety of reasons. This can set up a cycle of spasms and pain that can radiate throughout the jaw and its associated muscles. The pain can mimic a toothache, when it actually originates in the jaw joints.

Teeth Grinding. This is an unconscious habit, often occurring at night, in which people clench or grind their teeth together. Although quite common in children who tend to grow out of it, teeth grinding can continue into adulthood. The abnormally high biting forces from this habit can cause chipped, broken or loosened teeth. But it can also cause jaw pain, headaches and tenderness in the mouth that might feel like a toothache.

These and other conditions unrelated to dental disease can seem like a tooth problem, when they're actually something else. By understanding exactly why you're feeling pain, we can then focus on the true problem to bring relief to your life.

If you would like more information on oral pain issues, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry
March 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Toothache   root canal   tooth decay  

Are your teeth causing you pain?toothache

Your Slidell, LA, dentists, Dr. Susan Silvestri and Dr. Ronnie Deniger, can help, especially when it comes to getting rid of a toothache, which may mean you need a root canal. Most people are afraid of root canal treatments because of rumors of pain and agony, but that is just a myth.

When would you need a root canal?

If your toothache develops an infection or becomes inflamed in the pulp of the tooth, a tissue consisting of blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerve cells, a root canal may be necessary. Sometimes the pain you feel can go away on its own, but a root canal may be necessary if that doesn't happen.

What causes the infections?

There are several reasons why your tooth may have been infected. Here are a few reasons why:

Due to a poor oral or dental regimen, cavities may form. Cavities are formed when a person eats sugary foods and doesn't brush or floss. The result is the accumulation of plaque, which contains an acid-producing bacteria that breaks down the enamel, the protective layer covering your teeth. This exposes the sensitive layers of the tooth and allows the bacteria to infect the pulp unless the cavity is dealt with immediately.

An unhealthy oral regimen isn't the only thing that can cause your enamel to break and expose the pulp. Cracks and chips can also help bacteria infiltrate the enamel and infect the pulp. Trauma to your teeth may be due to several things, such as playing a sport and sustaining an injury or even a car accident.

It's also possible to need a root canal because of dental procedures, such as getting a dental crown. The treatment may damage your dental pulp, which will lead to you needing a root canal from your Slidell dentist.

Getting a root canal is important to keep your teeth healthy and alleviate toothaches. There's no need to be worried about a painful procedure because dentistry is more advanced today! For more information or to schedule an appointment for a root canal or another treatment, call your Slidell, LA, dentists, Dr. Silvestri and Dr. Deniger, at (985) 641-7200.

By Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry
May 31, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Toothache   tooth decay  

What should you do if your child complains about a toothache? Before calling our office, try first to learn what you can about the toothache.

You should first ask them where exactly the pain is coming from — one particular tooth or a generalized, dull ache. Also try to find out, as best they can tell you, when they first noticed the pain. Try then to look at the tooth or area where they indicate the pain is coming from: since tooth decay is a prime cause for tooth pain, you should look for any obvious signs of it like brown spots or cavities. You should also look at the gums around the teeth for any redness or swelling, a sign of an abscess or periodontal (gum) disease.

If you notice any of these signs, the pain persists for more than a day, or it has kept the child awake during the night, you should have us examine them as soon as possible. If you notice facial swelling or they’re running a fever, please call and we will see them immediately. If it’s definitely tooth decay, it won’t go away on its own. The longer we wait to treat it, the worse its effects in the mouth.

In the meantime, you should also try to alleviate the pain as best you can. If when looking in the mouth you noticed food debris (like a piece of hard candy) wedged between the teeth, try to gently remove it with dental floss. Give them ibuprofen or acetaminophen in an appropriate dosage for their age to relieve pain, or apply an ice pack on and off for about 5 minutes at a time to the outside of their jaw.

If any of these remedies stops the pain within an hour, you can wait until the next day to call for an appointment. If the pain persists, though, then an abscess could be developing — you should call that day to see us.

Regardless of when the pain stops, or whether you see any abnormal signs, it’s still important your child see us for an accurate diagnosis. Their toothache maybe trying to tell you something’s wrong — and the earlier a problem is found and treated, the better the outcome.

If you would like more information on dental problems in young children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Child’s Toothache.”

By Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry
May 12, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Toothache  

Toothache Toothaches aren't just painful; they can also be incredibly inconvenient. Not only do they hamper your productivity, but they can also force you to take time off of work to visit your dentist at Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry in Slidell, LA. Thankfully, if your toothache is still minor, there are several home remedies for toothaches you can try.

1. Swish Salt Water or Hydrogen Peroxide

If your toothache is caused by an infection or a piece of debris that has gotten lodged in between your tooth and gums, swishing salt water or hydrogen peroxide can really help. Not only do these methods dislodge any trapped particles, but they can also fight infection.

2. Use an Ice Pack

If your toothache is accompanied by swelling, an ice pack can bring you relief. Simply hold the ice pack against your cheek to numb the pain and reduce the swelling. Bags of ice or frozen vegetables work just as well.

3. Use a Moistened Tea Bag

Alternately, you could try placing a warm, moistened tea bag against your aching tooth. While you won't want to use this method repeatedly, as it can cause staining, it can really help with gum swelling and irritation.

4. Take an Over-the-Counter Pain Medication

While an over-the-counter pain medication may not fix the cause of your toothache, it is a very effective way to find relief until you can make it in to see your dentist at Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry in Slidell, LA.

5. Visit Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry

Lastly, while the four at-home remedies for toothaches can help reduce your symptoms temporarily, if you want true relief that addresses the cause of the problem, you will want to see your Slidell, LA dentist. Whether you need a filling, root canal or crown, your dentist will be able to identify and remedy the problem, helping you feel much better in no time.

Don't suffer through a toothache unnecessarily. If the at-home treatments you've tried aren't working, call and schedule an appointment at Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry today.

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