Oh no! Do you have a toothache? If so, you might be dreading going to the dentist or even avoiding it entirely. Not to worry – we understand! Not only is the toothache itself painful, but the visit to take care of it can seem even worse. Unfortunately, it won’t go away on its own, so we’ve figured out a way to make treating your problem a little bit easier.
Want to know more? As a dentist in Tyler with decades of experience treating toothaches, we’ll explain why we’re different. We’ll also talk about some of the common causes of a toothache and how it’s more comfortable than ever to have them taken care of!
What Causes a Toothache?
To better explain what causes a toothache, we’ll start by briefly describing the anatomy of a tooth.
Each tooth as three layers: enamel, dentin, and pulp. The enamel is the hard outer layer, dentin is the softer middle layer, and the pulp is the innermost part of the tooth that contains the nerve.
When a cavity or fracture line is small, it hasn’t gotten through the enamel of the tooth so the nerve is still well protected. Oftentimes, if you’re having regular dental checkups, these small problems can be found and treated before you’re in pain.
But if a cavity or crack has gotten larger it can reach the nerve of the tooth and cause infection. This is where the pain comes in!
Although pain isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time, it is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong and needs to be addressed.
Is There a Better Way to Treat a Toothache?
The most uncomfortable part of dental work for most people happens right at the beginning: the numbing. After that, it’s much easier since you don’t feel any sensation.
Having said that, if you’ve had negative experiences with numbing in the past it’s completely understandable to want to avoid it at all costs. Of course, you still need to be numbed somehow to have dental work done.
We have good news! Using dental technology called The Wand, you can still get numbed – without the discomfort. How does it work?
Well, many people don’t realize it, but it’s not actually the needle prick that’s painful. It’s the liquid numbing agent being given, either too quickly or too forcefully.
The Wand features automated delivery, meaning that the numbing liquid is given at the right rate and speed. This drastically cuts down on any discomfort, so you’ll hardly notice a thing.
Patients find that they can be numbed with little to no discomfort and can then have their dental work done comfortably.
After you’ve tried it, you might never look at dental work quite the same way again!
About the Author
Dr. Dennis Stansbury is a general, cosmetic and restorative dentist who strives to make dental work as comfortable as possible for all of his patients. By combining years of experience with the latest that modern dentistry has to offer, his patients get the results they’re after – with minimal pain and discomfort. If you have any questions, he can be reached through his website or at (903) 561-1122.