Frequently Asked Dental Questions

Tooth pain is a common reason for why many patients see their dentist. During your consultation or dental appointment, we’ll evaluate your specific symptoms and create a plan tailored to your needs. When possible, your natural tooth will be preserved. If an extraction is necessary, we follow up with an appropriate restorative procedure to replace the extracted tooth. Here are the most common symptoms and causes of tooth pain:

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    Q: My Tooth Hurts. Do I have Tooth Decay?

    A: If tooth pain is persistent and worsens, it may be a sign of tooth decay. We commonly treat severe pain with a root canal. When possible, we will remove the inflamed tooth pulp before sealing the tooth with a more definite restoration.

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    Q: What is an Abscessed Tooth?

    A: One cause of severe tooth pain is an abscessed tooth which is a bacterial infection in the center of a tooth. This infection may also spread to surrounding gum tissue and possibly bone.

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    Q: What can I do for Sensitive Teeth?

    A: Sensitive teeth may react to hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks. We recommend a toothpaste for sensitive teeth if the discomfort is minor.

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    Q: Why does my Jaw Hurt?

    A: Jaw pain is often a sign of an underlying TMJ disorder. TMJ disorders contribute to tooth pain due to the pressure in the jaw joints when alignment or proper contact between teeth is an issue. This often causes unnecessary teeth grinding and wear.

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    Q: Why is it Painful to Chew?

    A: If you experience pain while chewing, a cracked tooth, loose filling, or broken crown could be to blame. Cavities are another common cause of tooth pain that occurs when chewing.

Needing More than Common Dental FAQs

Do you still have questions regarding your oral health that the above dental FAQs couldn’t answer? Do you need more information regarding one of the responses above? Turn to the professionals of Frisco Dental Associates. Our dental team is ready to provide answers to all of your questions and concerns regarding your care. To make an appointment with us, contact Frisco Dental Associates today at 972-335-2201.

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