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By Steven T. Riesenberg, DMD
December 23, 2021
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Toothache  

If you suffer from shooting or dull pain in your teeth or gums, difficulty chewing or swallowing, headaches, or generalized tooth or jaw pain, Dr. Steven Riesenberg, a dentist serving in Washington, NJ at Washington Family Dentistry can help you remedy this problem quickly. 

The Most Common Causes of Tooth Pain

Dr. Reisenberg’s team sees toothache patients in Washington, NJ for many common causes including:

  • Nerve root exposure
  • Decay of a tooth
  • Injury to the mouth causing tooth damage or loss in sports or another accident
  • Gum or tooth infections

Pain can sometimes seem to be because of a tooth issue even though it appears elsewhere, such as in the jaw, due to temporomandibular joint stress (TMJ) from clenching the teeth at night when you sleep or due to stress. You may also experience pain in your ears, sinuses, or even occasionally in your chest due to teeth and gum issues that need to be addressed.

When Should I Contact a Dentist for Tooth Pain?

The best time to contact your dentist is before tooth pain ever happens. Preventative care can prevent many problems that cause tooth pain like cavities, or gum disease. A regular check-up is the best way to avoid future tooth pain. That being said, if you’re experiencing tooth pain now, don’t wait for it to subside. Apply a cold rag, and call to make an appointment as soon as possible so that you can find the underlying cause of the pain and take care of it quickly. 

Are There Non-Invasive Ways of Curing Tooth Pain?

Sometimes your tooth pain can be remedied without a tooth extraction, crowns, bridges, or other invasive procedures. Sometimes these procedures are necessary, but they can also be administered while keeping you very comfortable so that you experience almost no pain. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment if your tooth issue is impeding your quality of life. Take care of it quickly before it compounds into larger problems. If you’re ready to deal with your toothache pain with a warm and caring staff guided by Dr. Reisenberg in Washington, NJ, call Washington Family Dentistry at (908) 689-5129.

By Steven T. Riesenberg, DMD
September 20, 2021
Category: Dental Health

If you’ve ever felt pain after taking a bite of ice cream or drinking hot tea, you’re definitely not alone. Pain caused by extreme temperatures could be a sign of a cavity, but it’s also an issue for people who have sensitive teeth. There are many different causes for tooth sensitivity and Dr. Steven Riesenberg at Washington Family Dentistry in Washington, NJ, can help determine the cause of your toothaches and tooth sensitivity.

Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity can affect one or multiple teeth and usually feels like pain or discomfort in your teeth after being exposed to something like hot or cold foods. Your dentist in Washington, NJ, can determine the exact cause of your toothaches and tooth sensitivity and can help figure out the best form of treatment to get your smile comfortable again.

Some common causes of tooth sensitivity may include:

  • Brushing your teeth too hard
  • Using a hard toothbrush
  • Grinding your teeth while sleeping
  • Eating or drinking acidic foods or drinks

Tooth sensitivity can also be caused by conditions such as GERD, which can cause acid to come up into your mouth and expose your teeth and break down your enamel over time. This can also be caused by conditions that cause frequent vomiting.

You may also experience temporary sensitivity after certain dental treatments such as fillings, crowns, or teeth whitening. The sensitivity should go away after a few days, and if it doesn’t, you should be sure to contact your dentist for treatment as soon as possible. Your dentist will likely recommend that to soothe sensitivity, you switch to a softer toothbrush and a toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth for at least a few weeks.

Contact Your Dentist Today!

There are many things that may cause your smile to feel sensitive to factors like temperature and it’s important to talk to your dentist about what might be causing tooth sensitivity. Contact Dr. Steven Riesenberg at Washington Family Dentistry in Washington, NJ, to learn more about the causes of toothaches and tooth sensitivity today. Call for more information and to set up an appointment at (908) 689-5129.

By Steven T. Riesenberg, DMD
December 11, 2020
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Toothache  

Whether your tooth hurts constantly or only occasionally, it's important to pay a visit to your Washington, NJ, dentist, Dr. Steven Riesenberg. During your appointment, he'll diagnose the cause of your toothache and offer treatments that will ease your pain.

Why do I have a toothache?

Tooth decay is a common cause of toothaches. Although small cavities usually aren't painful, your tooth may begin to hurt as the decayed area expands. Other toothache causes may include:

  • Damaged Filling: Old fillings may become loose due to years of normal wear and tear, or you may damage the filling if you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep.
  • Sensitivity: Do your teeth hurt after you eat or drink hot, cold, or sugary foods and drinks? Sensitive teeth may be the reason for your pain.
  • Cracks: Cracks in teeth aren't always obvious but can cause significant pain.
  • Gum Disease: The pain you feel in your teeth may actually start in your gums.
  • Inflamed Sinuses: Your sinuses are located very close to the roots of your upper teeth. Inflammation in the sinuses can irritate the roots, causing pain.
  • Infection: A bacterial infection in your tooth can cause severe pain, lymph node and facial swelling, pus around the tooth, a pimple on the gums, fever, and painful gums. If you have any of these symptoms, call the Washington dental office immediately.

How are toothaches treated?

Toothache treatment varies depending on the cause of your pain. If you have a cavity, your dentist will remove the decayed part of your tooth and replace it with a filling. You will need a new filling if your old one is damaged or loose, or if you've developed a new area of decay around the filling. Of course, you'll receive a local anesthetic before any type of dental treatment to ensure that you feel no pain.

Sensitivity can be reduced by using special toothpaste or receiving a fluoride treatment that helps strengthen your tooth enamel. Infections usually require antibiotic treatment and root canal therapy to remove the infected pulp. Treating inflamed or infected sinuses will also decrease your tooth pain.

Placing a crown over your cracked tooth will end your pain and strengthen your tooth. If the crack is caused by grinding or clenching, your dentist can also provide you with a nightguard that will prevent further damage to your crowns or teeth.

Do you have a toothache? Call your dentist in Washington, NJ, Dr. Riesenberg, at (908) 689-5129 to schedule an appointment.