Causes of Tooth Pain and Toothaches

Tooth pain can be caused by a wide variety of factors. Although one of the most common sources of tooth pain is severe tooth decay, this is not always the case. A recent facial injury may have cracked or fractured one of your teeth, or you may be experiencing heightened tooth sensitivity due to allergies or recent dental work.

Some other common causes of toothaches include:

  • An abscess beneath the tooth
  • Grinding or clenching your teeth at night
  • Malocclusion (a bad bite)

If you are experiencing any type of tooth pain, our experienced Omaha general dentistry team can determine the source of your toothache and identify the right treatment plan to bring you relief. If infection is the cause, a root canal or tooth extraction may be necessary. However, some patients may simply need to correct a misaligned bite through orthodontics, or obtain a mouthguard to protect their teeth against grinding and clenching at night.

If you have further questions about toothaches, please contact The Dentists at Hillsborough, Ralston Square, and Village Pointe today to schedule an appointment with our experienced Omaha general dentistry team. We serve patients throughout the Omaha area.

Preventing Gum Disease

Gum disease is one of the most common general dentistry problems that patients have. If your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, it’s important to take steps to reduce this problem so your gum disease doesn’t grow worse. Advanced periodontal disease can eventually lead to tooth loss if it is never effectively treated.

When your body notices the toxins created by bacteria and plaque, it tries to fight off the infection by creating tiny new blood vessels in the area. This results in inflammation, making your gums look red and swollen. Unfortunately, the same bacteria that raised your body’s defenses will also begin to attack these blood vessels, which then become fragile and bleed.

Although some people are genetically predisposed to gum problems, gingivitis and periodontal disease are most often caused by poor oral hygiene or failure to see a dentist for professional teeth cleanings on a regular basis. The best way to prevent gum disease is to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth once a day. The importance of flossing cannot be overlooked – many people with gum disease brush diligently, but they rarely floss. This leaves food debris stuck in the tight spaces between your teeth and gums, making it all too easy for gum disease to take hold.

If you are noticing signs of gum disease, make sure you get the treatment you need to protect your teeth and gums. Please contact The Dentists at Hillsborough, Ralston Square, and Village Pointe today to schedule an appointment with our experienced Nebraska general dentistry team. We serve patients throughout the Omaha area.