When A Tooth Aches

A toothache is a signal that there is a problem in your mouth and to ignore it is likely to invite future pain and infection.  There are essentially two sources of an ache; the tooth itself or the gums around a tooth.  A tooth can become painful from decay, a fracture or both while our gums can get infected from a wound or from a damaged tooth.  Our teeth are under constant stress not only from eating but also from clenching or grinding. Often a fracture begins next to an older filling and will spread across the tooth.  These cracks may not be painful at first but as they spread they tend to go deeper into a tooth and irritate the nerve of the tooth.  In severe cases, root canal therapy will be needed to replace the damaged nerve with an internal filling or the tooth may need to be extracted.   Sometimes a restoration can relieve a fracture but many times a full crown will be needed to cover the fracture with a single unit that will hold up over time.  Note that root canal therapy is not required to have a crown, in fact, the crown is recommended so that root canal therapy can be avoided.

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A year has passed since COVID first made its impact on the world.  All of us have been affected by the virus but our team at Morfas Family Dentistry took great steps from the very beginning to prevent us from contracting COVID while serving our patients.  I am truly grateful and happy to acknowledge that none of our team contracted the virus!

At the same time, we enhanced some of our protocols at the office to further protect our patients.  All of our team has received both doses of the COVID vaccine. We keep our waiting room socially-distanced and have patients waiting in the car until their appointed time. We take patients’ temperature upon entry to the office and ask the key questions related to COVID symptoms. All of our dental instruments and equipment are sterilized, which has always been part of our sanitizing protocol.

Morfas Family Dentistry has always made it our goal to provide our patients and staff with a safe and comfortable environment combined with the finest in dental care, and I am so very fortunate to work with the best group of people that I could ask for.  We will continue to constantly monitor any new developments with this and future viral outbreaks so that our patients can always expect the safest and best dental care possible at Morfas Family Dentistry.


Dr. Morfas