Difficulty chewing food

Difficulty chewing food

Do you have difficulty chewing food because a tooth hurts? Dental damage can bring down the quality of your smile. A noticeable chip or crack can create an unhappy distraction, and draw attention you would rather it not receive. The degree of damage you experience will have an effect on how you look, and it can potentially affect how you bite and chew food, leading to functional worries. If you have dental damage, see your dentist to discuss what can be done about it. In some cases, cosmetic dental work will be able to effectively repair your smile, but if the damage is more serious, it could require a dental crown.

Difficulty chewing food can be from many causes. Below is a list of common solutions to tooth pains:

Addressing Superficial Dental Damage With Cosmetic Work

When damage is noticeable, but not a problem for your dental function, your dentist may prefer to take care of the matter by providing you with cosmetic work. By placing porcelain veneers, your dentist can hide any chips or cracks that may be having a negative influence on your appearance. Veneers have the additional benefit of being able to cover up congenital issues with a tooth’s shape or size, and can even address discoloration.

A Serious Tooth Injury May Require A Dental Restoration

A restoration in the form of a dental crown will offer support that helps you comfortably bite and chew with your affected tooth. You have the option of receiving an all-porcelain crown, or a porcelain fused to metal crown. The latter option will provide you with a crown that still looks like a natural tooth, but it will offer more durability than all-porcelain material. This can be useful if you need to replace a molar or premolar, which can endure more stress.

Treating Tooth Sensitivity

If gum disease, the early stage of which can be reversed, is causing tooth pain, a dentist can treat the problem. If a cavity is causing pain, the dentist can fill the cavity. Dentin exposure can be treated with a variety of in-office and at-home remedies.

In Office

  • Bonding agent, which is used to attach restorations to teeth or fill cavities, can be used to seal the dentin and keep it from coming in contact with anything that causes pain.
  • Fluoride varnish can strengthen the enamel and dentin.
  • Fluoride gel or foam in mouth trays can treat the teeth with a high concentration of fluoride for three to five minutes, strengthening the sensitive area.

At Home

  • Use a toothpaste specifically designed for patients with sensitive teeth.
  • Brush properly, and be careful not to brush too hard.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Stiffer bristles can aggravate sensitive teeth and cause further gum recession.
  • Use a fluoride rinse provided by your dentist.

Are you having difficulty chewing food?

You can have expert dental work done to address any damage your teeth have suffered. You can receive an attractive cosmetic restoration, or receive a dental crown for teeth that are not able to safely bite and chew food. Our office is proud to offer care that can help individuals enjoy their best smiles. We are proud to offer our services to patients from Chicago and all surrounding areas. To set up a consultation, call our office at 847-234-0517.