September 25, 2017
We take for granted actions such as eating our food until there’s discomfort associated with it. Lately, enjoying your food has become a challenge due to the pain you feel when you bite down or chew. You don’t feel the pain at any other time, so what does this mean? Should you contact your dentist in Reading? The answer is yes, and here’s why.
Periodontal (gum) disease may be the cause of your pain. This condition is prevalent among millions of Americans in some form, and if it’s left untreated, it will begin to cause discomfort.
Gum disease is an infection of the support system for your teeth, which is your jawbone and gum tissues. Even though there’s not much pain, or even many symptoms at first, as gum disease progresses it will begin to destroy your bone, eventually leading to pain and tooth loss.
If your tooth becomes decayed to the point where it reaches the nerve or root of your tooth, you may start to feel pain or discomfort when you bite down. Decay that progresses to this point may cause an infection, which requires root canal therapy to preserve your tooth.
If your dentist has diagnosed decay in your tooth, it’s best to be proactive and get it removed and your tooth restored with a dental filling in order to avoid bigger and more costly problems in the long run.
Broken or Lost Dental Restorations
While we hope they last for many years, most dental crowns and fillings do have a life span and will likely need to be replaced after 12-15 years. If your current filling or crown fractures, breaks, or falls out, this could cause your tooth to feel sensitive, especially when eating. It’s best to contact your dentist right away to have your tooth restored.
A Cracked Tooth
Our teeth sustain extreme amounts of pressure each day, and this kind of impact can cause small fractures. While these tiny cracks can hardly be seen, they cause a host of issues such as allowing bacteria into the tooth to cause decay and pain when you bite down. Cracked tooth syndrome can cause the kind of acute pain that you feel when you bite or chew.
A cracked tooth may require a dental crown to rebuild your tooth structure, or in severe cases, root canal therapy may be needed to restore your tooth. A mouth guard might also be needed at night to protect against bruxism, or clenching and grinding your teeth, which can also cause fractures.
If you feel pain when you’re eating or chewing, contact your dentist today to determine the best treatment for your needs.
About the Author
Are you thinking: “I need a great dentist near me?” Look no further than Dr. Gail Iebba! Dr. Iebba has been taking care of patients in Reading, MA for over 32 years. She provides high quality dentistry delivered with a caring and friendly touch.
If you’d like to contact Dr. Iebba, she can be reached through her website, or by calling 781-944-6761.
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