‘Tis the season to eat delicious food, go caroling, and deck the halls! But who can do that if dental pain is getting in the way?
No one should have to, especially with a skilled, caring team like ours at Carolina Bright Smiles! We will do all we can to get you the treatment you need for an enjoyable, pain-free holiday season.
In today’s blog, we’re talking about the types of tooth pain that can threaten all your holiday peace and joy, and how we can help treat it in our Hillsborough, NC dental office.
Dental Pain Can Spoil Your Holidays!
Knowing more about the common causes of dental pain can help you have a better idea of how to deal with it. Here are four types of dental pain and possible reasons for each.
Dental Pain #1: A Persistent Toothache
Pain has a way of spoiling any special occasion. It’s your body’s way of letting you know something is wrong, so ignoring a toothache is never a good idea. You may try to tell yourself it can wait until the holidays are over, but then you only put yourself at risk for the pain getting worse.
Another issue you might run into if you don’t have it checked out is that whatever is causing your pain will become a bigger problem. Oftentimes, the irony with tooth pain is that the people who tend to put it off because they just don’t have time to deal with it are those who have to spend even more time in the dental chair later because they didn’t get it treated sooner.
The most common reasons for a toothache are cavities, gum disease, or an infected tooth. We can get to the bottom of your toothache and treat it before it turns into a more serious problem.
Dental Pain #2: Tender (Or Bleeding) Gums
Gum disease is an insidious infection that can take years to manifest in your mouth before you’re able to see the signs. Knowing what to look for, though, can help you prevent any potential problems with your gum health.
Pain or tenderness of the gums, for example, shouldn’t be ignored. Redness, swelling, and bleeding of the gums are also signs of gum disease that should be checked out by Dr. Garrett. When your gums are tender, eating can be really painful. That’s not a problem you want to deal with during the holidays!
Dental Pain #3: An Oral Injury
It may sound surprising, but the holidays are ripe for dental emergencies. From candy canes, to ice cubes in cocktails, to meat on the bone, sometimes all it takes is biting down the wrong way at the wrong time to injure a tooth.
Chipping, breaking, or even knocking out a tooth are all considered dental emergencies and should be looked at by one of our professionals right away. Our dental office is situated just off the highway for convenient care when you need it. We can work to preserve your injured tooth so you’re eating and smiling with confidence again.
Dental Pain #4: A Failing Restoration
You may have had some sort of restorative dentistry throughout your life. Maybe you had a dental filling for a cavity as a kid. Or you needed a dental crown after a sporting injury knocked out a tooth during college.
If enough time has gone by, your dental restoration could be failing you, causing you to feel pain while chewing. It’s not common for a restoration to fall out or break, but when it does, our team at Carolina Bright Smiles can help fix it. Whether it needs repair, or you need a whole new restoration, we’ll do all we can to make sure your teeth are working for a pain-free holiday.
Deck The Halls Without Dental Pain!
Nothing spoils a delicious Christmas dinner quite like a toothache. Trying to distract yourself by decking the halls and caroling haven’t worked. In fact, the pain has only gotten worse.
Now, here you sit at your family’s holiday get-together scanning the buffet for all the foods you’ll stay away from so you can eat more comfortably.
That’s not how you want to spend the season! Fortunately, at Carolina Bright Smiles, you won’t have to. Dr. Garrett and our experienced staff want to do all we can to make sure your holidays are pain-free.
That means being here to answer your call and guiding you step-by-step in the event of a dental emergency or helping you set up an appointment for restorative treatment.