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By Kimberly Chapman, D.D.S.
March 26, 2018

Throbbing, unrelenting pain. It's a toothache, and you have to do something right away. Fortunately, Dr. Kimberly Chapman can uncover toothachethe reason for your uncomfortable symptoms and restore your oral health. Keep reading to learn about how Dr. Chapman can help relieve your toothache.

Symptoms of a toothache

A toothache may not just hurt, it can often throb. Throbbing is when you feel pain that comes and goes at the same time as your heartbeat. A toothache will become worse especially in response to heat, cold, or the pressures of biting and chewing. Additionally, you may experience jaw and gum swelling near the affected tooth.

Reasons for a toothache

Decay is a common reason--that is, a cavity that is so deep that it invades the highly innervated interior of your tooth. This is called the 'pulp', and this soft tissue, with connective tissue and blood vessels, may become infected, or abscessed in response to the bacteria from the deep cavity.

In addition, you may suffer from a toothache because of oral trauma. In other words, you sustained a blow to the mouth, fracturing a tooth or displacing it to one side. Either situation is a painful dental emergency and you should be seen as soon as possible by your general dentist, Dr. Kimberly Chapman.

Finally, some people develop toothaches because of poor bite. Their teeth do not line up or close together properly, so over time, their teeth--and sometimes, jaws, ears, and face--start to hurt. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMD, can be one of these bite-related oral health issues.

Treating a toothache

Your family dentist in Bothell, Dr. Kimberly Chapman urges you to call the office as soon as possible when you notice any kind of toothache pain. The sooner the problem is treated, the sooner you will feel better and have your best opportunity to save a tooth. Toothaches and pains should NEVER be ignored.

When you arrive, Dr. Chapman will perform a complete examination, inspecting the tooth and surrounding gums. Also, she will X-ray the area, looking for decay, abscess, and signs of fracture. From there, she'll tell you the best course of treatment.

Sometimes dental extraction is unavoidable. However, Dr. Chapman will do everything possible to relieve your pain and other symptoms and save your tooth. Common restorative treatments include:

  • Tooth-colored fillings for seamless and durable cavity repair
  • Dental crowns to protect and support remaining healthy tooth structure
  • Root canal therapy to remove infected pulp and restore with a filling or crown

Coming to Dr. Chapman at least every six months for your oral examination and hygienic cleaning help patients of all ages avoid big oral health issues. If a problem is developing, Dr. Chapman can detect it and treat it before it becomes painful, complex, and expensive.

So, if you need help for a toothache or just need routine preventive care, call Dr. Chapman's office staff in Bothell, WA, for an appointment, Likewise, if you have any questions about family dentistry, she and her friendly staff are happy to help you achieve your very best smile. Call (425) 488-6120.

 


By Kimberly Chapman, D.D.S.
March 15, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Getting braces can be a difficult decision to make—especially when you’re an adult. You have to make a commitment to living with metalinvisalign braces for several years. If you prefer to straighten your smile discreetly, learn more about Invisalign. It is a revolutionary orthodontic solution available from Bothell, WA, dentist, Dr. Kimberly Chapman that has helped countless patients realign their teeth.

When Everyone Knows You Have Braces...
There is no mistaking someone who has metal braces—it’s the first thing people usually notice when you meet. The appliance completely changes the way you look when you smile, which can be particularly challenging when you’re older. You also have to change your life around a bit when you have braces, including the types of food you eat and how you brush your teeth. It’s no wonder that many patients who have crowded, crooked, or gapped teeth prefer a more discreet option.

The More Discreet Orthodontic Choice
What if you could get all the benefits of wearing metal braces, without the discomfort? That may be possible when you talk to your Bothell, WA dentist about Invisalign for your orthodontic treatment. With Invisalign, you wear a removable lightweight polyurethane tray instead of having non-removable brackets attached to each of your teeth. For many patients, it is “the clear choice” when you consider the benefits as far as aesthetics and comfort.

How Invisalign Works
Invisalign trays slowly move your teeth as you wear them. You must keep them on for at least 20 hours each day as part of the treatment plan. The mold of each prescribed tray is slightly different, causing the teeth to move by conforming to the shape. The process can take as little as six months depending on your particular alignment issues. Just visit the dentist every two weeks to receive your new trays.

Invisalign Can Work for You
Not every patient is an ideal candidate for Invisalign braces, but if you have minor orthodontic challenges there’s a good chance it will work for you. Ask Dr. Kimberly Chapman if she can straighten your smile discreetly with Invisalign trays. Call (425) 488-6120 today to schedule a consultation.