Do you suffer from frequent tooth pain or toothaches? You may have a cavity, tooth infection, or bruxism. Bruxism occurs when you clench and grind your teeth unconsciously, even during sleep. When plaque and tartar build up on and around the teeth and gums, they can become infected. Poor oral hygiene, diets that are high in sugar, or dental trauma and injury are some of the most common causes of tooth and gum infections. Tooth decay can lead to cavities or holes in the teeth caused by bacteria. If you have noticed sudden tooth pain, contact Dr. Thomas Prendergast for care. He will help diagnose your problem and create a treatment plan for you to treat your tooth pain in Fox Lake, IL.
Treating Dental Pain
Night mouthguards or bite correction therapy are effective options for patients who clench and grind their teeth. Wearing a special nightguard prevents further tooth wear and tear and also alleviates stress on the jaw and teeth. Dr. Prendergast can help patients correct their bite so that their teeth can make proper contact. Bite correction therapy allows patients to realign their jaw and alleviate stress on the jaw joints, a common cause of tooth pain.
Patients with tooth decay or cavities can benefit from root canal treatment. During this treatment, Dr. Prendergast removes infected pulp and tissue from the middle of the tooth. After cleaning the tooth, he fills it with a biocompatible material that seals the tooth. Dr. Prendergast may also refer you to a specialist if you have a gum infection that is also affecting your teeth.
Schedule an Appointment
Visit Dr. Prendergast’s Fox Lake dental office for a routine exam, health screening, and professional dental cleaning. Maintaining your oral health can help prevent infections and painful symptoms. If there are any changes in your oral health, request a consultation with Dr. Prendergast online. Please call our office at (847) 447-6637 if you are a new patient and (847) 587-5053 if you are a current patient. We can help find the cause of your tooth pain or sensitivity and recommend the appropriate treatment to fit your needs.