An aching tooth's a warning. Often it's a cavity, but not always. Other Toothache Causes... After a filling, a tooth can sometimes be a bit sensitive. It's a normal reaction that should soon correct it-self. In the morning, an aching tooth could be the result of grinding or tooth-clenching overnight. Not a cavity, but a habit you need to shake. Aches can also come from unfamiliar pressures due to tooth movement, especially when a tooth has shifted because a lost tooth wasn't replaced. Sinus problems can make an upper molar ache. An infected sinus presses against the nerve and can cause pain. Any change in tooth-feel is a warning worth investigating, so don't hesitate to contact us if pain persists.
There's no substitute for a dental X-ray in seeing everything we need to know about your teeth, jaw, and sinuses. We can diagnose decay under old fillings, abscesses, bone loss due to periodontal (gum) disease, cancer, and tumors, extra and impacted teeth. We couldn't see these conditions with the naked eye no matter how closely we looked! Most people are aware that X-rays involve radiation, and we know some folks are concerned. But the exposure you receive from a dental X-ray is so tiny it doesn't even compare to the natural radiation you get from, say, a day in the park. We further minimize the radiation through lead aprons, super high-speed film, and filters. X-rays are a very important diagnostic [...]
What is tooth decay, and what causes it? Tooth decay is the disease known as caries or cavities. It is not life-threatening and is although it is highly preventable, it will affect most people to some degree during their lifetime. The leading cause of tooth decay is frequent contact with foods containing carbohydrates (starches and sugars). Soda, candy, ice cream, milk, cakes, and even fruits, vegetables, and juices can all contribute to the problem. Then plaque begins to form due to the natural bacteria living in your mouth. It interacts with deposits left on your teeth from these sugary and starchy foods to produce acids. These acids damage tooth enamel over time by dissolving the mineral structure of teeth, resulting [...]