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How To Stop A Toothache

People only call the emergency dentist when pain is already unbearable, or when the teeth start to break off, chip or become ruined and unusable, or if there is chronic bleeding involved. While we all know that half year checkups can prevent toothache and dental emergencies, sometimes these things show up despite our efforts to curb them. This post is an effort to quell toothaches before they get out of hand.

Acute tooth pain

Usually teeth that are already broken or somehow damaged and have the nerve exposed are the ones that are most likely to cause toothache. But many times this breaking down is not visible, because it happens on the lingual surface of the teeth (the side that faces your tongue), or because it is just a matter of enamel loss. When enamel is lost, it does not look like anything, but the lack of enamel will cause the nerve to become hypersensitive, and will react to stimulus such as hot or cold, pressure and even things like the air around it. This will cause low levels of pain interspersed with sharper jabs, and eventually the nerve will become inflamed, turning the entire situation acute.

Prophylactic toothache medication 

Teeth that have been root canaled or otherwise have fillings in them are also candidates for toothache. Usually, it is the teeth that work the most that develop tooth pain, ones that are exposed to the most food detritus. That is why they start to go bad, after all. But just because you have a filling or have and some other measure against dental pain does not mean that the tooth will not start acting up later. If there is any swelling or discoloration of a tooth like this, it may become painful, and altering your eating habits or visiting a dentist for advice before the toothache comes may be a good idea. 

The cementum is the layer of tooth material beneath the enamel. It is more yellow than the enamel, and thus teeth that are gaining a more yellow hue, or if the yellow is spreading from beneath the gums show a lack of enamel. Teeth that have white spots or splotches on them are also in the process of losing their enamel, and these teeth are more likely than teeth that are completely white to start becoming painful.

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