Tooth pain and jaw pain makes it impossible to focus on anything. The nagging, shooting or throbbing pain is an indicator that there is an oral health problem needing immediate attention. DNTL Hub in Galt welcomes new and existing patients to contact us when they have tooth or jaw pain and need relief. We have extended hours for your convenience and may even be able to see you the same day for urgent care at our dental clinic near Lodi.
The only part of your actual tooth that can detect pain are the nerves. Even a chip off the outer portion, or enamel, of your tooth will not always cause pain if the nerve is not affected. When you have tooth pain, this means infection or decay has reached the inside of the tooth where the nerve roots exist. Inflammation or abscesses can irritate a tooth root, causing pain.
The treatment Dr. Devan Dalla will recommend for your tooth pain depends on what is irritating the nerve root. In many cases, infection or decay that has reached the tooth root will require an endodontic procedure known as a root canal. This removes the decay and nerves and reseals the tooth with sterile material that resists infection. The offending tooth is usually covered with a dental crown for increased protection. In some extreme cases, the tooth may require extraction.
Treatment for Jaw Pain
Jaw pain is most commonly caused by some sort of stress or strain on the jaw joint, called the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. Problems with this joint often cause pain when chewing, speaking or even just manipulating the joint. Temporomandibular joint disorders, or TMD, require a dental solution.
Sometimes, extracting a tooth, orthodontic treatment or another oral treatment can resolve your jaw pain. Some patients can wear a custom dental mouthguard to prevent bruxism, or teeth grinding, at night that stresses the jaw. Dr. Dalla will use advanced dental imaging and other tests to determine the cause of your jaw pain before offering treatment recommendations.
Tooth pain or jaw pain is a clear signal that you need to contact DNTL Hub in Galt. We have extended hours and same day dentistry options for urgent dental needs like tooth or jaw pain. Plus, we accept most dental insurance and offer in-house financing options to help defray emergency dental care costs.