A toothache can be one of the most problematic, and common, oral health symptoms. It can result from something temporary, like a large fragment of food caught between your teeth. Or, it can be the result a chronic problem, like the erosion of your tooth enamel or damage to its structure. In any case, it likely won’t go away until you do something about it, and for many people, that something is one or several home remedies that are supposedly proven to work. However, at our Oxnard, CA, dental office, many patients who experience toothaches don’t find permanent relief from them until they seek professional treatment, including a comprehensive exam to determine their toothache’s cause.
Find the reason why it aches
Your tooth’s nerves are located at the center of its main structure, which is a dense mass of bone-like tissue known as dentin. This main structure is protected by a super-resilient, highly mineralized layer known as enamel. Together, a tooth’s dentin and enamel protect its nerves and sensitive tissues from things like food particles, bite pressure, and other potential irritations. If your tooth starts growing sensitive to these factors, then possible reasons could include a weakening of its enamel, damage to its structure, the development of a cavity, or more.
Choose the most appropriate treatment
Once we know exactly why your tooth hurts, we can help you plan the most appropriate treatment for relieving and restoring it. Because every toothache is different, your treatment will have to be custom-designed to its specific cause, as well as your personal needs and preferences. For example, if your tooth is chipped or otherwise damaged, then you might be able to restore it with minimally invasive tooth bonding, or with a custom-designed porcelain veneer, depending on the extent of it. A cavity might require a tooth-colored filling, and more severe levels of tooth damage might require a custom-made dental crown.
Take steps to prevent future toothaches
Once you’ve addressed your toothache, caring for your teeth and restoration is essential to controlling your risks of developing another one. Consistently good hygiene at home, including brushing your teeth twice and flossing at least once every day, will help keep your tooth enamel healthy and strong against attacks by harmful oral bacteria. Routine dental checkups and cleanings will also help you prevent a dental disease like tooth decay, as well as detect and treat any instances of damaged tooth structure.
Relieve your toothache permanently
Even if they offer temporary relief, most toothache “remedies” don’t work for good. That’s because they don’t address the reason why your tooth aches in the first place. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Oxnard Dentistry in Oxnard, CA, today at (805) 604-9999. We also proudly serve patients from in and around Camarillo, Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Moore Park, and all surrounding communities.