Relentless toothaches or an aching jaw can be aggravating. Beyond the discomfort, oral pain is an indication of a dental or health problem that needs to be addressed. If you have tooth or jaw pain, it is time to see a dental professional to identify the source and recommend a treatment plan. If you need jaw or tooth pain relief in the Spokane Valley, WA, area, come see us at Liberty Lake Smile Source.
When a tooth is giving you pain, the nerve deep inside the tooth is affected. Decay that has worked its way into the softer dentin can result in a toothache or sensitivity. Cracks or other damage can allow bacteria inside the tooth, resulting in an infection or abscess that irritates the nerve root. With a physical exam and possibly x-rays, our dentist can determine the cause of tooth pain and begin treatment. Most causes of tooth pain can be resolved in one visit, but some tooth damage may require a dental crown and a second visit to finish the treatment.
Treatment for Jaw Pain
The jaw needs muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones to function. The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is a common source of jaw pain. Many different health issues can affect the jaw and cause pain. Stress on the jaw from teeth grinding or jaw clenching can cause pain; bite misalignment can also cause TMJ disorders. Even diseases like arthritis can be the source of jaw pain.
A comprehensive exam is needed to determine the source of jaw pain. Treatments can include orthodontics or dental repairs, as well as wearing a dental nightguard. The exact treatment depends on your specific jaw disorder.
If you live in Spokane, Liberty Falls or Post Falls, ID, you can find relief for your jaw or tooth pain at Liberty Lake Smile Source. We welcome new patients and have emergency, same day appointments for severe oral pain problems. Contact our office in the Spokane Valley to schedule an appointment. Most dental insurance plans are accepted, and we have payment plans available. Call us first the next time you need jaw or tooth pain relief.