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Century Dental
Phone: (971) 708-1608
2831 SE Cornelius Pass Rd.
Hillsboro OR 97123

Jeff R. Call, DMD, FAGD, FICOI
Dix C. Densley, DDS, FAGD, FICOI

Why do Toothaches Hurt so Much?

Posted on 6/5/2015 by Dr. Call
A man suffering from a toothache. When talking about painful things there is hardly anyone who would disagree that a toothache is right up there among one of the most painful things to endure. Trying to eat is impossible; trying to talk is difficult and forget about finding a comfortable sleeping position! Even though we all have different thresholds of pain, we can all agree a toothache is the worst. Have you ever wondered why a toothache hurts so much? In order to know the answer to that question, you need to know about the make-up of a tooth.

What is the Anatomy of a Tooth?

The part of the tooth that is visible is called the enamel. This is the hardest part of a tooth. Enamel is made up of calcium phosphate which is a mineral that is rock-hard. The next layer is called dentin. It's the layer right under the enamel. Dentin is a layer of living cells that produce a substance of hard minerals. Under the dentin is the first soft layer called pulp. It's the inner living layer of your tooth. Nerves and blood vessels run throughout the pulp of your teeth. The layer around the tooth at the bottom is called cementum. This does just what it sounds like it would do; it binds the roots of the tooth to the bone and jaw. Finally there is the periodontal ligament. This ligament holds the teeth against the jaw.

Where does all this Pain come From?
As you might have suspected by now, the soft layer called the pulp is where the pain comes from. Not only does this layer have a tremendous amount of blood vessels and nerves, the pulp has everything in it to provide nutrients to the tooth. The blood supply to the dental pulp is very small unlike other areas of your body. The blood supply comes up through a tiny opening in the root of the tooth and travels up the walls of the tooth.

Now most other parts of your body react in a certain way to an injury. The injured area will swell and the pain is generated to a larger area. The swelling will recede over time taking the pain away with it. Teeth are solid and cannot swell; however, so an injury to your tooth can lead to the death of cells in the tooth and pulp area or an infection. Another cause of pain in the tooth is its inability to feel heat and cold. When the nerve in a tooth is stimulated in this way it reacts with pain. Any stimuli to your tooth will cause a pain reaction.

What can be Done to stop the Pain?
Dentists can do several things to reduce pain in the tooth. If the toothache is caused by an abscess or infection, a prescription for antibiotics may clear up the infection. If the nerve of the tooth is dying, we may recommend a root canal which will take the damaged part of the root out, relieving the pain; if your tooth has a cavity which is causing pain a filling will be put in; and if your tooth is cracked, a crown on the tooth may be the treatment. There are occasions when a tooth is damaged beyond repair and must be removed to clear up any infection.

No matter what the cause of your toothache, you know it's one of the worse things you've dealt with. We know how to manage this pain and will help you take care of it as soon as possible. Until you can get in to see us, take ibuprofen for the pain and refrain from chewing or putting pressure on the affected tooth. Remember, this too will pass.

If you are suffering from tooth pain, call us to set up an appointment today! Please call us today at (971) 708-1608.
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Welcome to Century Dental, where we make your beautiful smile our business! Dr. Densley and Dr. Call have teamed up to create the driving force in the dental industry of the Pacific Northwest. We have put together a team of highly skilled, professional staff.

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We take great pride in creating a comfortable and friendly environment where our patients can have a positive dental experience. Located in Hillsboro, our office is easily accessible as it is right off of Oregon Route 8. We have gone to great lengths to make sure our office is both state-of-the-art and also comfortable and inviting.

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Preventive Dentistry

We are passionate about preventing problems before they start. We do so by educating our patients about what positive dental habits they can be forming and having our patients visit us twice a year for exams and cleanings.

Restorative Dentistry

We understand that often, due to circumstances outside of your control, your mouth may need restorative actions taken. That’s why we offer a bevy of restorative procedures to bring your smile back to it’s original luster.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Frequently we hear that the procedures that make the biggest difference in our patient’s smiles are cosmetic in nature. Whitening, veneers and Invisalign® are just a few of the cosmetic procedure we offer!

IV Sedation

For those patients that need more than just oral sedation we offer what is often called “sleep sedation”. If anxiety is an issue or if the procedure calls for it we can easily place you under full anesthesia to ensure that you rest peacefully through the whole thing.

Dental Implants

If you have lost a tooth or are looking at tooth removal as an option, dental implants are the most highly recommended form of replacement for teeth. Dental implants involve inserting a titanium post into your jaw which will fuse with your bone structure. The post will be topped with a crown made specifically to fit your bite. The result is a form of tooth replacement that looks and acts exactly as your real tooth would. It even prevents bone loss, which is a common side effect of tooth loss.

Dental Technology

We are happy to use a great variety of cutting edge technology in our practice. Digital X-rays are one of our staples in dental tech. Standard X-rays can take time to view and process but with the advent of digital X-rays we can view the inner workings of your mouth almost instantly. We are also able to take higher quality X-rays that allow us to detect things like tooth decay within the tooth, cysts, tumors, and impacted teeth. Further, the radiation you receive from a digital X-ray device is about 1/5th that of a standard X-ray.

We also offer intraoral cameras and ultrasonic scalers. The intraoral cameras aid us in detecting any issues within your mouth that may need further dental attention. Ultrasonic scalers are by far the most effective method for removing built up plaque and tartar that has accumulated on teeth.

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