East Longmeadow, MA General Dentist
Pain and discomfort are signs that there is something wrong in the mouth. It can be obvious, like tooth decay, injury, cracked teeth, poor-fitting dentures and bridges, or loose fillings. It can be silent like gum disease or complicated like teeth grinding (bruxism) or TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction. If you experience pain or discomfort, see your dentist in Longmeadow, MA right away. Prompt treatment will relieve symptoms, end pain permanently and prevent serious problems.
Common Problems and Treatment
Accidental or deliberate trauma can knock out a tooth or cause severe pain. See Dr. Dores right away so he can assess the extent of damage, prevent complications and provide permanent relief. Call our office at 413-241-3995 to schedule an appointment. We’ll do everything we can to get you in same-day or if it’s after hours, early the next morning.
Loose or Uncomfortable Dental Appliances
Dental appliances are designed to fit your mouth perfectly, but they may become loose and cause pain as your mouth changes over time. Dr. Dores can reline dentures, fix broken braces, and adjust loose mouth/night guards for better comfort.
Small cavities can be filled with dental bonding material, while medium-sized cavities may require a special filling called inlay or only. For large cavities and severe damage, Dr. Dores recommends a dental crown. A dental crown is a full-coverage restoration that encases the entire portion of the tooth above the gum line.
Dental Pulp Infection
When the dental pulp is infected, you may feel severe and throbbing pain. Dr. Dores recommends root canal therapy to clean the inside of the tooth, seal off the cavity and rebuild the tooth with a dental crown.
Old restorations like loose fillings can allow bacteria to enter the tooth. Dr. Dores will remove decay and clean the area before placing a new restoration.