We have put together a short explanation of Dental Pain and possible causes. Contact us today to get an appointment so we can take care of your pain !!

Possible Origins of Tooth Pain can be dental such as cavities, cracked tooth syndrome, periodontal disease or T.M.D. (Temporomandibular Joint Disorders) – but there can be other causes so give us a call to set up an appointment. On this page we will give you a short background of each one of them:

  • Caries or Cavities:

    • This is a bacterial infection of your teeth. Certain bacteria strains such as Streptococcus mutans are able to digest the sugars and other carbohydrates that are left behind in your mouth after eating. Naturally, high carbohydrate and high sugar foods make this bacteria much more active.
    • Also to keep in mind the affect that acid has on your mouth. A large portion of the drinks available today have low ph, which means they are very acidic – I have a link to an article about this on facebook and twitter.

      The combination of high sugar, low ph are a perfect storm for tooth decay.

  • Cracked Tooth Syndrome:

    • In our high stress world we see some patients who consciously or unconsciously clench and grind their teeth. this can lead to cracked tooth syndrome.
      • Symptoms include:
        • intermittent bite sensitivity
        • Generalized hot and cold sensitivity
        • constant achy pain in the area of the cracked tooth
      • This syndrome may be easily treated with a night guard fabricated right in our office or in some cases the tooth may need a root canal and/or a crown.
  • TMD:

    • Parafunctional habits associated with nonfunctional mandibular movements is a very scientific way to say:
      • Teeth grinding
      • Nail biting
      • Thumb sucking or pacifier use
      • Gum chewing
      • Mouth breathing
    • Symptoms of TMD may include:
      • Pain in muscles of mastication and TMJ
      • Painful clicking/popping/grating when opening and closing your mouth
      • Limited movement or locking of the jaw
      • Headaches
      • Change in the way your teeth “fit” together
    • Treatment varies widely based on cause so it is best to contact us and make an appointment if you have any of these symptoms.

Marybeth Fasano DMD

984 First Colonial Rd.
Suite 200
Virginia Beach 23454
Email: patient@vaperfectsmile.com

Monday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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