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Tooth pain, also known as a toothache, is a common symptom of little to large dental problems. In order to eliminate the pain, you need to first identify the cause behind it. Now, your dentist, Dr. Steven Rodriguez, is one of the best people to do this for you, so if you have tooth pain longer than two days, please contact Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Lansing and schedule an appointment. Until your visit, our dental team will be happy to help you identify the cause by listing some of the culprits that might be involved, which are:

-Tooth damage: When your tooth is damaged, like if the enamel is chipped or broken, it can cause pain, especially if the damage reached the internal sensitive layers of the tooth. Damage to a dental restoration (like a dental filling and dental crown) can also cause pain. If you are suffering this dental damage, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your dentist and bring the tooth and restoration pieces with you.

-Tooth decay: When a cavity has developed on a tooth, dental pain is typically involved. It’s very important to get the decay treated so it doesn’t grow and compromise more of the tooth. Usually, your dentist will restore the tooth with a dental filling or a dental crown.

-Tooth infection: When you fail to treat a cavity, it spreads and harms the sensitive layers beneath the tooth enamel. Then, it infects the area and causes even more pain. It’s important to schedule an appointment immediately so matters don’t get worse. Typically, oral surgery (a root canal) is needed to restore a tooth this badly decayed.

To learn more about how to identify tooth pain in Lansing, Michigan, please reach out to Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Lansing and talk to a member of our dental team. All you need to do is dial 517-333-3160 and we will be more than happy to help you!