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By Putnam Family Dental
July 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  

When one or more teeth accrue injury, trauma, decay, or damage, it's going to hurt. These feelings of discomfort can range from nerve pain, aching, tenderness, and swelling. At Putnam Family Dental, our staff offers a variety of periodontal and surgical services to restore your mouth to adequate health, whether the condition is mild or severe. This type of therapy can take on different forms, but our goal is to return the diseased tissues to a wholesome status. If you've been suffering from tooth pain for too long, schedule a consultation in our Putnam, CT, dental office to begin your road to recovery. Talk to your Putnam Periodontal and Surgical Services professionals today.

What Is Causing My Tooth Pain?

Tooth pain occurs for various reasons. Did you recently chew on something hard? Are you continuously flossing because it feels like an object or piece of food is stuck underneath the tooth? These are common causes, but others include:

  • A cavity
  • Periodontitis
  • Dentin hypersensitivity
  • Cracked tooth syndrome
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder

Once our Putnam Periodontal and Surgical Services dentist performs an oral examination and asks you a few questions, they can further explain the signs and symptoms of these conditions.

Periodontal and Surgical Services

In our Putnam CT dental office, we offer the following periodontal and surgical services to reverse tooth pain and prevent it from coming back:

  • Scaling and root planing
  • Gum grafting
  • Periodontal plastic surgery
  • Crown lengthening surgery
  • Dental implants

For detailed descriptions of Putnam Periodontal and Surgical services, please visit our website.

When to See Your Dentist

Sometimes tooth pain can be the result of an underlying condition, which is why it's best to visit your dentist for a proper diagnosis. If the gums are infected and pose cosmetic concerns along with your teeth, our staff at Putnam Family Dental can discuss treatment options that will suit your specific needs. Once restored from treatment, you'll reap the benefits of healthy gums, fresher breath, and fewer dental cavities.

For more information about periodontal and surgical services provided in our Putnam CT dental office, or to schedule an appointment, please call (860) 928-5334.

By Putnam Family Dental
June 11, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth pain  

“My tooth hurts…or maybe more than one. Or, it might be my gums.”

If you're having trouble describing the pain in your mouth, don't feel bad. Although our body's pain mechanism is great for alerting us to a problem, it can't always tell us the true cause and location of that problem.

That's especially true of tooth pain. It could be a sign, for instance, of decay within a tooth's inner pulp. When under attack, the nerves in the pulp often send out pain signals that could be sharp, dull, continuous, intermittent, seeming to come from one tooth or several.

If this is the case, depending on how deep the decay is, you could need a filling to resolve the problem or, if it's more extensive, possibly a root canal treatment to save the affected tooth. If you need a root canal, after removing the pulp's diseased tissue, the procedure calls for filling the empty pulp chamber and root canals to prevent future infection.

Another possibility for the pain is gum disease that has also infected the tooth. Gum disease usually begins with the bacteria in dental plaque, a thin biofilm that builds up on tooth surfaces, which infect the gums. If not treated promptly, the infection can advance below the gum line to the tooth roots and supporting bone. From there, it could invade the tooth and travel through the root canals to the interior pulp.

In this scenario, we'll need to treat the gum disease by removing plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) deposits from all tooth and gum surfaces. This is usually done manually with hand instruments or ultrasonic equipment, but it may also require surgical access to infected areas around the roots. If the tooth's nerve has become involved, we may also need to perform a root canal treatment as described above.

There are three key points to take from these two tooth pain scenarios. First, the only way to determine the true cause of your pain (and what treatment you'll need) is with a dental exam. Second, the sooner your pain is diagnosed and you begin treatment, the better your outcome—so see your dentist at the first sign of pain or other symptoms like swollen or bleeding gums.

And finally, you may be able to prevent these and other dental problems by removing disease-causing plaque through daily brushing and flossing and professional teeth cleaning every six months. Prevention through effective oral hygiene may help you avoid a future bout of mysterious tooth pain.

If you would like more information on treating tooth pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Confusing Tooth Pain.”

By Putnam Family Dental
February 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

When they’re introducing a new movie, actors often take a moment to pay tribute to the people who helped make it happen — like, you know, their dentists. At least that’s what Charlize Theron did at the premiere of her new spy thriller, Atomic Blonde.

"I just want to take a quick moment to thank my dentists," she told a Los Angeles audience as they waited for the film to roll. "I don’t even know if they’re here, but I just want to say thank you."

Why did the starring actress/producer give a shout-out to her dental team? It seems she trained and fought so hard in the action sequences that she actually cracked two teeth!

“I had severe tooth pain, which I never had in my entire life,” Theron told an interviewer from Variety. At first, she thought it was a cavity — but later, she found out it was more serious: One tooth needed a root canal, and the other had to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant — but first, a bone grafting procedure was needed. “I had to put a donor bone in [the jaw] to heal,” she noted, “and then I had another surgery to put a metal screw in there.”

Although it might sound like the kind of treatment only an action hero would need, bone grafting is now a routine part of many dental implant procedures. The reason is that without a sufficient volume of good-quality bone, implant placement is difficult or impossible. That’s because the screw-like implant must be firmly joined with the jawbone, so it can support the replacement tooth.

Fortunately, dentists have a way to help your body build new bone: A relatively small amount of bone material can be placed in the missing tooth’s socket in a procedure called bone grafting. This may come from your own body or, more likely, it may be processed bone material from a laboratory. The donor material can be from a human, animal or synthetic source, but because of stringent processing techniques, the material is safe for human use. Once it is put in place your body takes over, using the grafted material as a scaffold on which to build new bone cells. If jawbone volume is insufficient for implants, it can often be restored to a viable point in a few months.

Better yet, when grafting material is placed in the tooth socket immediately after extraction, it can keep most of the bone loss from occurring in the first place, enabling an implant to be placed as soon as possible — even before the end of a movie’s shooting schedule.

Will Atomic Blonde prove to be an action-movie classic? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: When Charlize Theron walks down the red carpet, she won’t have to worry about a gap in her smile.

If you have questions about bone grafting or dental implants, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Immediate Dental Implant.”