What Does Pain When I Eat Mean?

Do you encounter pain when you bite down or eat? If so, then you should see your Albuquerque, NM, dentist. Regular pain when eating could point to serious oral health issues, such as a major dental cavity or an infected tooth. Fortunately, we can address these issues with treatments that restore the health and beauty of the teeth, often in a single visit.

Tooth Decay

A cavity forms when the protective layer of outer enamel becomes compromised. An injury, such as a chip or crack, could allow harmful bacteria to have access to the inner layers of dentin, which are sensitive and porous. A cavity then forms. Likewise, poor oral hygiene, such as consuming foods high in sugar and starch, drinks with a high sugar or acid content, or not brushing and flossing properly could cause enamel to weaken and erode. Again, a cavity can form and unless treated, will grow in severity. You may begin to experience sensitivity when you eat or drink, or a persistent toothache. Let us know right away if you do, otherwise an infection or abscess could develop.

Infected and Abscessed Teeth

A dental infection arises when tooth decay spreads through the structure and reaches the inner pulp. A bundle of living tissues that act as your tooth’s nerve center, the pulp keeps your tooth healthy and functional. However, the presence of bacteria means an infection, causing serious pain when biting down or chewing, as well as swelling near the tooth, a discharge from the tooth, fever, headaches, and persistent aches and sensitivity. Unless treated, a painful abscess could form or the tooth itself could essentially die and require extraction to prevent the spread of infection to surrounding teeth or into the jawbone itself.

Possible Treatment Options

What do we do if we uncover a cavity or an infection? For a minor cavity, we may offer treatment in a single visit with a dental filling. Instead of using metal, our team will employ a lifelike composite resin, a metal-free blend with quartz and acrylic that can be shaded to match the color of the teeth. We remove the decay, clean the tooth, and place the material, curing it with a light. For more severe cavities, or infections, we will open the tooth and removed the infected tissue from within. We then clean the inside of the tooth, add a restorative filling material, and cap the tooth with a lifelike dental crown. If you have any questions about addressing dental pain, then contact our team today.

Does Your Tooth Hurt?

If you have discomfort in your smile, then you may need to see us for restorative treatment. For more information on dental restorations, then schedule a consultation with us by calling Snow Park Dental in Albuquerque, NM, today at 505-299-2979.