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Dental Symptoms Guide

Advanced Endodontics of Buffalo NY

Symptom: Momentary sensitivity to hot or cold foods

Possible problem: If this discomfort lasts only moments, sensitivity to hot and cold foods generally does not signal a serious problem. The sensitivity may be caused by a small decay, a loose filling or by minimal gum recession that exposes small areas of the root surface.

What to do: Try using toothpaste made for sensitive teeth. Brush up and down with a soft-bristle toothbrush; brushing sideways wears away exposed root surfaces. If this is unsuccessful, see your general dentist. If the sensitivity is coming from decay you should see your general dentist.

Symptom: Sensitivity to hot or cold foods after dental treatment.

Possible problem: Dental work may inflame the pulp inside the tooth causing temporary sensitivity.

What to do: It can take up to 6 weeks for this type of sensitivity to subside. If the pain persists or worsens, see your general dentist.

Symptom: Sharp pain when biting down on food.

Possible problem: There are several possible causes of this type of pain: decay, a loose filling or crack in the tooth. There may also be damage to the pulp tissue inside the tooth.

What to do: See a dentist for evaluation. If the problem is pulp tissue damage, your dentist may send you to an endodontist. Endodontists are dentists who specialize in pulp-related procedures. Dr. Hamad will perform a procedure that cleans out the damaged pulp and fills and seals the remaining space. This procedure is commonly called a “root canal.”

Symptom: Lingering pain after eating hot or cold foods.

Possible problem: This probably means the pulp has been damaged by deep decay or physical trauma.

What to do: See your dentist or endodontist to save the tooth with root canal treatment.

Symptom: Constant and severe pain and pressure, swelling of gum and sensitivity to touch.

Possible problem: A tooth may have become abscessed, causing an infection in the surrounding gingival tissue and bone.

What to do: See your general dentist or Dr. Hamad for evaluation and treatment to relieve the pain and save the tooth.

Symptom: Dull ache and pressure in upper teeth and jaw.

Possible problem: The pain of a sinus headache is often felt in the face and teeth. Grinding of teeth, a condition known as bruxism, can also cause this type of ache.

What to do: For sinus headache, see your physician. For bruxism, consult your dentist. If pain is severe and chronic, see Dr. Hamad for evaluation.

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Brian T.

"Highly recommended - Best specialist I've been to by far. Dr Hamad is caring, he takes time to explain procedures in layman's terms, and made me feel at ease. The office has a comfortable, happy environment - I wouldn't hesitate to bring my children, if they ever needed. Very happy! :-)"

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Mishka S.

"Recommended by another dentist to see Dr. Hamad and found his office staff and him to be very informative about the procedure and excellent results. Would and will return if needed in the future."

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