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What is Causing Your Tooth Pain? Marietta, GA

What is Causing Your Tooth Pain?

Patient in Tooth Pain

Few things are worse than persistent tooth pain. A toothache can not only be uncomfortable but also highly disruptive to your daily routine. Whether it is throbbing or sharp, tooth pain can make it difficult for you to eat, sleep or even concentrate. Dental discomfort is common, but that doesn’t mean it should be ignored. If you tooth is hurting, it is trying to tell you something is wrong. A dentist can diagnose your tooth pain and recommend the fastest and most effective solution for relief.

There are a variety of reasons for tooth pain, including the following:

If you are experiencing tooth pain due to decay or a cavity, the damage to your tooth enamel has already been done. In such cases, a dental filling will be needed to repair the hole in your tooth and relieve your discomfort. If the cavity is large, a more extensive restoration may be warranted.

Just like other parts of your body, your mouth is susceptible to infection – especially if your oral hygiene efforts are poor. Infections can occur within the tooth or the gums and they typically do not go away on their own. It is possible that a dental abscess forms in the gums or at the end of the tooth, which creates a painful pocket of pus that needs to be addressed promptly to prevent spreading infection. Radiating pain and pressure in your jaw are indications that you may have a dental abscess.

Enamel Erosion
Does your tooth pain occur when you consume foods or drinks that are hot or cold? This is known as tooth sensitivity and can be a result of thin or eroded dental enamel. The enamel is the outer layer of your tooth, when this layer is compromised, the nerves of your tooth is more exposed. A dentist can evaluate your enamel erosion and suggest a remedy for reducing your sensitivity.

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is another common reason for tooth pain. If you grind your teeth during your sleep, you may be confused as to why your teeth hurt during the day. Not only can teeth grinding wear away your enamel, but it can also cause the teeth to break or chip. A custom nightguard can help you avoid this type of tooth pain.

Fractured Teeth
Whether it is a break, chip or hairline crack, when the structure of a tooth gets damaged, pain can follow. Tooth fractures can occur from a bad fall or simply biting down on something too hard. In either case, see your dentist about the repairing your tooth damage and relieving your discomfort.

At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we want to know if you have tooth pain. Sudden or unbearable tooth pain is considered a dental emergency and needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Call your trusted Marietta emergency dentist today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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