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By D Casey Hart DDS
July 06, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease   tooth pain  

Find out why your tooth is suddenly causing you problems.

If you are dealing with a sudden throbbing pain in your tooth you may be wondering what’s going on. Many people will deal with a toothache at some point during their lifetime, and while proper oral care can certainly go a long way to preventing a toothache, it’s also important that you turn to our Marietta, GA, dentist Dr. Casey Hart as soon as possible if you notice oral pain. That’s because your tooth pain could be caused by,

A Cavity

This is the most common cause of a toothache. In fact, between 60-90 percent of school-age children and around 100 percent of adults worldwide have tooth decay that often leads to discomfort and pain. You may also notice a dark brown spot or visible hole in the tooth. If you experience a sudden toothache, no matter whether it’s mild or severe, you could have a cavity. The sooner you seek treatment the better.

Tooth Sensitivity

Some people are prone to sensitive teeth; however, sometimes tooth sensitivity can develop over time as a result of worn tooth enamel, which exposes the nerves of the tooth. If you consume anything hot or cold like a scoop of ice cream or a steaming cup of coffee and notice lingering pain in several of your teeth, then you could be dealing with sensitive teeth. Your Marietta, GA, family dentist can provide recommendations for toothpastes and other products designed for those with tooth sensitivity.

A Cracked Tooth

While sudden or lingering tooth sensitivity in several teeth may alert us to the fact that you have sensitive or worn teeth (perhaps from years of teeth grinding), if you are only noticing sensitivity in a single tooth then this could be a sign that you have a fractured or cracked tooth. You may also notice increased pain when chewing or biting down on the tooth.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is one of the biggest oral problems affecting adults today. The problem is that it often goes undetected until the later stages. It’s so important to visit a dentist every six months so that we can detect changes in your gums before periodontal disease gets worse. As the gums recede it’s common to experience tooth sensitivity and pain. If you notice tooth sensitivity and changes in the shape or color of your gums, then you might have gum disease.

Don’t let a toothache go ignored. In fact, this problem is considered a dental emergency so the sooner you visit our Marietta, GA, dentist for care the better. We know that dealing with a toothache or other urgent dental problems can be stressful, but we are here to help. Call us at (770) 926-8371 to schedule an immediate appointment.

By D Casey Hart DDS
December 21, 2018
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.”


A toothache means you have tooth decay, right? Not necessarily — your pain could be signaling a number of potential causes. Determining where, how much and how often it hurts will help us find out the cause and apply the appropriate treatment.

A single symptom, for example, can mean many things. A twinge of tooth pain as you consume hot or cold foods might indicate localized tooth decay easily repaired by a filling. But it could also mean the tooth's root surface has been exposed as a result of periodontal (gum) disease — aggressive plaque removal and maybe even gum surgery might be necessary. Or it could be a sign of inner pulp decay: in this case you'll likely need a root canal treatment to save the tooth.

Pulp decay can also announce itself with a very sharp and constant pain radiating from one or more teeth. You shouldn't hesitate to see us for an examination — even if the pain goes away. Pain cessation most likely means the nerves in the pulp have died. The infection, however, still exists, so you'll still probably need a root canal treatment.

If you notice severe, continuous pain and pressure around a tooth, particularly about the gums, you may have a localized, inflamed area of infection called an abscess. An abscess can be the result of gum disease, but it might also stem from a foreign body like a popcorn husk, getting stuck below the gums. We'll need to conduct a complete dental examination to determine the cause and how to treat it.

Finally, a sharp pain when you bite down could mean many things such as a loose filling or a fractured (cracked) tooth. The latter especially requires immediate attention to save the tooth.

These are just a few of the possible causes behind mouth or facial pain. Although all of them are serious, a few are true dental emergencies and can't wait if we're going to save a tooth. The sooner you see us, the sooner we can help relieve the pain, minimize any damage and avert disaster.

If you would like more information on treating tooth pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Pain? Don't Wait!