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By Hoffmaster Dental
May 26, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  

Tooth pain can change your life. You can't eat, sleep, or focus on work. At Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA, your dentist, Dr. Robert Hoffmaster, asks all his patients to contact him right away when teeth hurt. After all, the faster you receive treatment, the better your results will be.

Causes of tooth pain

It could be minor, or it could be serious—realize that a toothache is not normal. Possible causes include:

  • Oral trauma resulting in a cracked, chipped, displaced, or knocked-out tooth
  • Tooth decay
  • Dental abscess, or infection
  • Thinned tooth enamel, resulting in tooth sensitivity to heat, cold, sugar, or pressure
  • Recessed gum tissue and exposed tooth roots
  • Defective filling or crown
  • Broken orthodontic appliance
  • Teeth clenching or grinding, resulting in thin and cracked enamel
  • Poor dental bite
  • TMJ, or jaw joint dysfunction
  • Impacted wisdom teeth

Getting the help you need

Never hesitate to contact your dentist in his York, PA, office. Dr. Hoffmaster will examine your mouth to determine why you have dental pain. During this time, he will also take X-rays and ask you about your symptoms.

As warranted, he might then offer some of the following solutions:

  • White fillings to restore decay
  • Root canal therapy to remove the diseased interior pulp, seal the tooth, and crown it to preserve its appearance, strength, and function
  • Porcelain crowns and veneers to repair damaged tooth enamel
  • Tooth replacement with fixed bridgework, a partial denture or state of the art dental implant

Also, Dr. Hoffmaster and his team are always available for emergency situations, such as a knocked-out tooth, oral lacerations, lost fillings, broken archwire, foreign material caught between teeth and crowns, or other needs that cannot wait.

Immediate first aid for dental pain includes:

  • A cold cloth to the jaw
  • Over-the-counter analgesic medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • A saltwater rinse in the case of dental drainage

Medical News Today reports that most tooth pain worsens at night simply because people are lying in bed with increased circulation to the head and face. Try raising your head on pillows to find some relief.

Your dental pain is important to us

At Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA, your dentist, Dr. Robert Hoffmaster, and his team continue emergency dental care in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact us (717) 846-9428 for a quick response and appointment as needed.

By Hoffmaster Dental
November 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

When they’re introducing a new movie, actors often take a moment to pay tribute to the people who helped make it happen — like, you know, their dentists. At least that’s what Charlize Theron did at the premiere of her new spy thriller, Atomic Blonde.

"I just want to take a quick moment to thank my dentists," she told a Los Angeles audience as they waited for the film to roll. "I don’t even know if they’re here, but I just want to say thank you."

Why did the starring actress/producer give a shout-out to her dental team? It seems she trained and fought so hard in the action sequences that she actually cracked two teeth!

“I had severe tooth pain, which I never had in my entire life,” Theron told an interviewer from Variety. At first, she thought it was a cavity — but later, she found out it was more serious: One tooth needed a root canal, and the other had to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant — but first, a bone grafting procedure was needed. “I had to put a donor bone in [the jaw] to heal,” she noted, “and then I had another surgery to put a metal screw in there.”

Although it might sound like the kind of treatment only an action hero would need, bone grafting is now a routine part of many dental implant procedures. The reason is that without a sufficient volume of good-quality bone, implant placement is difficult or impossible. That’s because the screw-like implant must be firmly joined with the jawbone, so it can support the replacement tooth.

Fortunately, dentists have a way to help your body build new bone: A relatively small amount of bone material can be placed in the missing tooth’s socket in a procedure called bone grafting. This may come from your own body or, more likely, it may be processed bone material from a laboratory. The donor material can be from a human, animal or synthetic source, but because of stringent processing techniques, the material is safe for human use. Once it is put in place your body takes over, using the grafted material as a scaffold on which to build new bone cells. If jawbone volume is insufficient for implants, it can often be restored to a viable point in a few months.

Better yet, when grafting material is placed in the tooth socket immediately after extraction, it can keep most of the bone loss from occurring in the first place, enabling an implant to be placed as soon as possible — even before the end of a movie’s shooting schedule.

Will Atomic Blonde prove to be an action-movie classic? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: When Charlize Theron walks down the red carpet, she won’t have to worry about a gap in her smile.

If you have questions about bone grafting or dental implants, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Immediate Dental Implant.”