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Don’t Ignore an Aching Tooth

April 15, 2020

While we’re closed for most procedures, our team is still here to provide residents of Kansas City, MO, and surrounding communities with emergency treatments. Which means if you begin to experience an aching tooth, you should let us know. With emergency treatment, we can prevent the onset of serious complications, and safeguard your smile!


The Causes of a Toothache

Why do our teeth begin to ache? Factors vary, and could be related to issues like changes in elevation or even sinus and allergy problems. However, aches caused by these issues tend to pass after a short while. Pain and sensitivity that last for more than a day or two could mean a cavity or an infected tooth. When the enamel coating our teeth is weakened due to injury, such as a cracked or chipped tooth, or poor oral hygiene, this gives bacteria access to the sensitive inner structures, allowing cavities and eventually an infection to develop, causing discomfort and increasing the risk of tooth loss.

Avoiding Decay or Infection

To avoid these issues, we suggest taking time to brush your teeth when you wake up and then again before going to bed. Each session should last about two minutes, and make use of a toothpaste with fluoride. You also need to floss before bed as well. These actions benefit smiles of all ages, from kids to adults. This allows you to remove food particles caught between the teeth, preventing bacteria from breaking them down and coating the teeth in plaque and tartar, which weakens tooth enamel.

When You Need Emergency Treatment

Now, if a cavity or infection does form, and symptoms include tooth sensitivity, toothaches, pain when eating, swelling near a tooth, or a discharge from a tooth, then you need treatment. As part of our approach to emergency dentistry, our team can identify the causes of your discomfort and provide treatment, which could include a filling, root canal, or the placement of a lifelike and durable dental crown. We also offer restoration for damaged teeth as well. Don’t let these issues lead to poor oral health or even lost teeth, let us know so we can schedule a time to see you. Know that our entire team is currently following strict health and safety guidelines to protect our patients and team members from issues like cavities, infection, or tooth loss. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Do You Have Questions About Restorative Dentistry?

With routine care at home and emergency treatment in-office, we want to make sure you have the knowledge and treatments necessary to enjoy healthier smiles! To learn more about our approach to restorative dentistry, then schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-427-4018.