Toothache caused by cavities is indeed something that many people experience. Even according to the Ministry of Health's statistics in 2018, in Indonesia alone, dental problems due to damaged or hollow teeth reached 45.3%. It can also mean that many of us don't take good care of our teeth's health and hygiene. Well, are you one of them? And if you have the same dental problem, what should you do?
When people have a toothache, they usually let the toothache go away by itself. There are also those who overcome their toothache just by taking painkillers that are easy to find on the market. But you know, if you just let your teeth hurt it can actually damage your teeth even worse? Even though we must also know that teeth are a part of our body that will not heal by themselves if they are damaged.
Toothache due to cavities actually indicates that your teeth are in a bad condition. The stage of cavity tooth decay itself starts from the destruction of tooth enamel which usually does not have a painful effect, until the most severe stage is that the damage has reached the nerves in the root canal of the tooth. This type of damage can make you feel excruciating pain if you don't get treatment right away. Even this condition can be dangerous for the health of your organs because bacteria can attack other parts of the body through the holes in your teeth.
To prevent conditions that endanger you, of course, what you have to do is check the condition of your teeth at the dentist. The dentist will carry out analysis, diagnosis and treatment planning after checking the severity of your tooth cavity. If you want to know in advance what treatments are done to treat toothaches due to cavities, you can see some of the lists below.
1. Root canal treatment
If your cavity hurts a lot, you can be sure that the infection in your tooth cavity has reached the root of the tooth where the pulp is inside. To relieve pain, the dentist will clean the root canals of your teeth by removing the infected pulp and filling the clean root canals with filling.
2. Filling or Crown teeth
After doing the root canal, of course your teeth need to be closed so that your teeth avoid infection again. You can choose to fill your permanent teeth or also put a crown as recommended by the dentist. Well, the difference between permanent dental fillings and dental crowns is in their quality and durability.
3. Tooth Extraction
If the dentist feels that the condition of the cavity in your teeth is very bad and your crown cannot be maintained, the doctor will suggest removing your tooth which is sure to cause you to lose your tooth. You can also get treatment procedures to restore lost teeth, for example by performing dental implants, dentures, or bridges.
Ref.: WebMD, online: https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/dental-visit-adult#1