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Common Causes of Dental Pain

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Dental pain is a common complaint heard by dentists. Because so many things can trigger it, the first stage in getting out of pain is pinpointing the exact cause. Your dentist can use a number of techniques to diagnose and treat dental pain. Here is a look at some of the most common culprits.

Cavities are a common cause of dental pain. When a tooth becomes decayed, it often impacts the nerves, which causes painful symptoms. The longer a cavity is allowed to progress without treatment, the more intense the pain is likely to become. Untreated cavities can also contribute to other painful dental health issues, like abscesses and infected gums. Your dentist can easily treat a cavity by removing the decayed part of the tooth and replacing it with a filling. For large cavities, a root canal procedure and a dental crown may be used to alleviate the pain.

Teeth Grinding
You may not be conscious of grinding your teeth, but you are likely to be conscious of the pain caused by your habit. Most people who grind their teeth do so at night while sleeping, but some people also grind and clench during the day when dealing with stressful situations. Grinding your teeth not only causes jaw soreness, but can also lead to problems with chipped and broken teeth. Your dentist can help ease pain associated with grinding by giving you a custom-fitted mouth guard. Talking to your doctor about stress management techniques may also help.

When your bite doesn’t line up appropriately, pain can result. Tooth misalignments can cause you to hold your jaw in an awkward position, triggering pain. A number of techniques, including Invisalign, can be used to correct these kinds of issues.

If you’re suffering from dental pain, make an appointment with Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C. today to start working towards a solution. At our NYC dentist’s office, we can diagnose the cause of your pain and offer treatments designed to deliver relief. Find out more about all of our services, including our cosmetic dentistry work, by calling (212) 661-9777. 


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