Eating is more than just something we need to do — it’s something that helps keep us sane. After a hard day’s work, we could use a dessert, a tasty apple, or a similar comfort food. But it’s hard to feel comfortable when every bite causes you pain, or you’re missing teeth and can’t quite chew like you used to. That’s where restorative treatments can help you.
Could A Toothache Be Caused By A Cavity?
When a tooth is damaged or infected, putting pressure on it by chewing can trigger a toothache. There are several possible reasons for this:
- You have a cavity: Harmful bacteria that thrive off tiny particles of food left behind when you eat and drink can erode your enamel. With a thin spot in the enamel, pressure from chewing can cause pain.
- Your tooth is cracked: If you had an injury, the enamel could be cracked, exposing the nerve endings inside to bacteria and even food, making every bite painful. Sometimes, these cracks are so small, you cannot see them.
- Your dental pulp is inflamed or infected: If the bacteria get inside the tooth, they can infect the pulp or inflame it, causing more pain.
Thankfully, our Alma, MI dental office can help. We have tooth fillings, same-day dental crowns, and root canal therapy to help with all of these problems.
What If I’m Missing A Tooth?
If you’re missing a tooth, it could be not only more difficult to chew but painful as well. Plus, an empty spot in your smile can collect food particles that harmful bacteria love. At Mid-Michigan Dental Excellence, we can use dental bridges or mini dental implants to replace that missing tooth.
What If I’m Missing Lots Of Teeth?
When you’re missing several teeth, you simply cannot eat the way you used to. That can mean poor nutrition, nevermind missing out on our favorite comfort foods. We can use partial dentures to replace several teeth missing in a row, or full dentures if you are missing all of the teeth on the top or bottom of your mouth. We can even secure your dentures with implants so they do not move or fall out.