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Woman at the dentist complaining about a tooth pain.

There is nothing quite like tooth pain. Whether the pain is a soft, annoying throbbing, a sharp, intermittent stab or possibly the mind numbing pain of a full blown abscess, tooth pain is unpleasant and indicative of a dental problem. When the pain is inconsistent and not severe, you may be tempted to ignore it. This is particularly true if you cannot visibly see a reason for the discomfort.

Any tooth or jaw pain should be brought to the attention of your dentist. There are always underlying causes for pain. A thorough examination of the area will reveal the cause, and a treatment plan can be created to address it.

Possible Causes for Tooth or Jaw Pain

The most obvious cause of tooth pain is a decayed or damaged tooth. When left unchecked, tooth decay moves further into the tooth. The closer it gets to the nerve center of the tooth, the pulp, the more pain you may feel. However, tooth decay is not the only cause of tooth pain.

Young adults may experience the pain of impacted wisdom teeth. This can manifest as tooth pain, jaw pain or both. Wisdom teeth often cause problems and need to be extracted. Impacted wisdom teeth can push the adjacent teeth out of alignment, causing swelling. If they are partially erupted, it can lead to gum disease or the tooth becoming decayed and infected.

Tooth and jaw pain can be caused by clenching and/or grinding of the teeth. Nocturnal teeth grinding, or bruxism, affects millions of adults and children. For some, it is a temporary problem. For many adults, it is ongoing. Fortunately, accurate diagnosis and treatment can provide relief.

Jaw pain also may be caused by problems with the temporomandibular joint. Again, accurate diagnosis is needed to determine the most effective treatment for the problem. Treatment can be as simple as wearing a mouthguard while sleeping, exercises for the jaw or implementing a stress management routine. It can also be more extensive, depending on the source of the problem. For example, if sleep apnea is causing bruxism, treating the apnea may give relief. If the jaw pain is caused by an injury to the jaw, a more radical solution may be advised.

Tooth or jaw pain needs to be addressed. The sooner you find out what is causing your discomfort, the sooner you can get relief. Contact Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Atlanta today and let one of our highly skilled prosthodontists perform a thorough examination to find the source of your pain.

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I was recommended this practice from another dentist who told me this is where she would send her own family. I can definitely see why. This is a state of the art practice that is clean, modern, and well lit. The staff did a superb job.

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Everything about my experience was enjoyable. I felt like the practice used all of the most advanced and best technology out there which gave me a wonderful feeling of confidence. They were very professional and straight forward and I have never had a better dentistry experience. I'd highly recommend checking them out if you're looking for a new dentist. They're friendly and efficient and they really do know what they're doing there.

Meghan D.

Dr Zelby has been my dentist now for almost 17 years. Not only is he a really nice person, his dentistry is completely top notch. If you need any restorations, I don't think that there is another place to even consider. You'll be amazed with his work!

Brian S.

Dr. Levine was great, and Dr. Zelby stopped by and answered some questions I had about sheering forces on enamel. They were both very friendly, and the hygenist (whose name I forget, unfortunately) gave one of the most thorough cleanings I've ever had. The office was clean, the devices all seem shiny and well maintained, and overall it was a great experience

Benjamin S.

After going to another dentist, doctor Zelby was able to fix my front two teeth so that the front two teeth were back to the same length and color. I'm so thankful he was able to make them look normal again. Dr. Zelby and his staff are so pleasant to be around as well. I highly recommend this office if you have a major problem with your teeth that need to be fixed. He can get it done and he will make sure you are happy.

Carrie G.

I had been going to the same dentist for many years and switched to Aesthetic and Implant recently. My experience with Dr Levine was incredible. I cannot be happier with the decision I made. The cleaning and other services I received were well above and beyond any other I have ever had. Highly recommend this practice to everyone!

Matthew G.

Couldn't be happier! Absolutely worth the travel time. Dr Zelby is without doubt the best - caring, knowledgeable, reassuring and very professional. Couldn't ask for better dentistry. Staff also very competent and professional. Beautiful, clean environment

Diane W.

Megan is the best dental hygienist I’ve ever had. She does a phenomenal job keeping your teeth clean, is super nice, and makes you feel right at home. The whole staff is very friendly and I couldn’t recommend this place enough!

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