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By Dentistry by Design
May 11, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  

What is Causing My Tooth Pain?

Tooth pain can range from intermittent stabbing pain to a persistent dull ache. Whichever type of toothache you have, it is equally unbearable. But what causes a toothache? The dentists at Dentistry by Design located in Andover, MA have the following advice on what may be causing your tooth pain.

Causes of Tooth Pain

  • Tooth decay: As tooth decay advances, it destroys the tooth’s hard outer layer of enamel and causes cavities. In the beginning, cavities may not cause any pain, but as they deepen, they expose the nerves within the teeth. You may feel a slight twinge every now and then, but if you ignore it, it will soon become unbearable.
  • Abscess: As you chew, particles of food become trapped between your teeth. If you don’t floss and the food remains there, it will create an abscess on the gum line over time. This type of infection needs treating immediately before development of gum disease.
  • A fractured tooth: A crack or break in a tooth can also cause tooth pain. If the damage is minor, it may be repaired with dental bonding or a crown. If the break is severe you may need the tooth replaced with an implant.
  • Receding gums: If you have gingivitis – the first stage of gum disease – your tooth enamel may have worn away at the gum line. This will cause your gums to recede and may make the surrounding tooth sensitive to heat or cold.

As well as taking proper steps to take care of your teeth and gums at home, you can prevent tooth pain by making regular visits to your dentist. Our patients like to schedule their six-month check-ups in advance so that they can get a timely reminder of when their visit is due.

Our Andover office is currently closed due to COVID-19. If you have a dental emergency, call Dentistry by Design in Andover, MA at (978) 475-5333

By Dentistry by Design
January 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

When they’re introducing a new movie, actors often take a moment to pay tribute to the people who helped make it happen — like, you know, their dentists. At least that’s what Charlize Theron did at the premiere of her new spy thriller, Atomic Blonde.

"I just want to take a quick moment to thank my dentists," she told a Los Angeles audience as they waited for the film to roll. "I don’t even know if they’re here, but I just want to say thank you."

Why did the starring actress/producer give a shout-out to her dental team? It seems she trained and fought so hard in the action sequences that she actually cracked two teeth!

“I had severe tooth pain, which I never had in my entire life,” Theron told an interviewer from Variety. At first, she thought it was a cavity — but later, she found out it was more serious: One tooth needed a root canal, and the other had to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant — but first, a bone grafting procedure was needed. “I had to put a donor bone in [the jaw] to heal,” she noted, “and then I had another surgery to put a metal screw in there.”

Although it might sound like the kind of treatment only an action hero would need, bone grafting is now a routine part of many dental implant procedures. The reason is that without a sufficient volume of good-quality bone, implant placement is difficult or impossible. That’s because the screw-like implant must be firmly joined with the jawbone, so it can support the replacement tooth.

Fortunately, dentists have a way to help your body build new bone: A relatively small amount of bone material can be placed in the missing tooth’s socket in a procedure called bone grafting. This may come from your own body or, more likely, it may be processed bone material from a laboratory. The donor material can be from a human, animal or synthetic source, but because of stringent processing techniques, the material is safe for human use. Once it is put in place your body takes over, using the grafted material as a scaffold on which to build new bone cells. If jawbone volume is insufficient for implants, it can often be restored to a viable point in a few months.

Better yet, when grafting material is placed in the tooth socket immediately after extraction, it can keep most of the bone loss from occurring in the first place, enabling an implant to be placed as soon as possible — even before the end of a movie’s shooting schedule.

Will Atomic Blonde prove to be an action-movie classic? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: When Charlize Theron walks down the red carpet, she won’t have to worry about a gap in her smile.

If you have questions about bone grafting or dental implants, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Immediate Dental Implant.”