Dental Pain

Compassionate Endodontists New York/NYC

Endodontics located in New York, NY

If the thought of dental pain stops you from seeking treatment for oral health problems, such as a cracked tooth, Steven D. Kaplan, DMD, can help. At Compassionate Endodontics New York/NYC, located in the Midtown West area of New York City, Dr. Kaplan takes a holistic approach to dental pain treatment that prioritizes your comfort. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about dental pain.

Dental Pain Q & A

What causes dental pain?

Dental pain, or tooth pain, occurs when your tooth's nerve or surrounding tissue becomes irritated. While dental pain affects more than 40% of American adults, its intensity and severity vary. Some people experience intermittent pain that comes and goes, while others endure constant throbbing discomfort.

An accurate diagnosis is a vital step in treating dental pain. At Compassionate Endodontics, Dr. Kaplan performs comprehensive diagnostics to treat the underlying cause of your dental pain.

Tooth decay

Tooth decay occurs when plaque builds up on your teeth and erodes your enamel. Once decay reaches your pulp, the soft tissue in the center of your tooth, it can cause dental pain and sensitivity.

Injury

Trauma can damage your tooth and cause fractures. An injury can even reach the pulp, leading to chronic tooth pain.

Infection

Once infection reaches your tooth pulp, it can spread to your surrounding teeth. An untreated infection may also allow bacteria to enter your bloodstream.

Fractured tooth

A fractured tooth is a deep crack that can expose your roots, causing dental pain and sensitivity.

What are the treatments for dental pain?

After diagnosing the cause of your pain, Dr. Kaplan may recommend:

Root canal therapy

Root canal therapy is a treatment that removes damaged or infected pulp. After removing the pulp, Dr. Kaplan replaces it with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha.

Calcified root canal

A calcified root canal occurs when calcium deposits collect in the canal, causing it to narrow. Calcified root canals require a high level of precision to treat. At Compassionate Endodontics, Dr. Kaplan uses a dental surgical microscope to magnify calcified root canals.

Crown

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that can help protect your damaged tooth. Crowns serve as a barrier against your teeth when you bite and chew.

When should I seek treatment for dental pain?

You should never hesitate to seek treatment for dental pain. Dr. Kaplan may recommend scheduling an appointment if you:

  • Have dental pain for longer than two days
  • Have severe tooth pain
  • Have a fever
  • Can’t bite down
  • Experience ear and jaw pain
  • Notice visible facial swelling
  • See a small bump on your gum (dental abscess)

Call the Midtown West office of Compassionate Endodontics New York/NYC today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about dental pain.