Pain when you chew. I mean, typically I'm gonna get an x-ray, make sure there's no, maybe there's an abscess. We're gonna take a picture, a really close up, what we call an intra-oral picture with our camera, and it's gonna take that tooth from the size of, make it ten times the size that it is so we can take a look, are there cracks or anything in the tooth. A lot of times, if it's pressure, it's gonna have a crack or there's gonna be a high spot of something in the tooth that's gonna be pushing that tooth down harder, or when you bite it's gonna open up the crack that's in the tooth. That's gonna give you the pain. Then, at that point, we determine is it gonna be something that's gonna potentially end up being a root canal or is it gonna something that just needs a crown, or is it fractured beyond being able to restore it.
But that, we have a bite block, or a way to test, when you bite down, to find out, by putting it in different positions of the tooth, to find out maybe where that crack is, and if we can recreate. The biggest thing is recreating that. It's kind of like driving your car. You take your car in and say, 'Hey, it's doing this, ' and you get it to the dealership and it's not doing it. It's kind of hard to diagnose. So, we're not playing 'eenie, meenie, miney, mo' with your teeth. We want to be able to find out exactly, to be able to reproduce that. We're able to reproduce it and it's downward pressure, it's typically a crack and we're gonna end up needing to secure that tooth to where it doesn't split. So, that's why you put a crown over the tooth, to keep it from stretching apart and cracking all the way.
Award-winning dentist Dr. J. Derek Tieken will make every effort to see you, even if it’s a weekend or holiday. Dr. Tieken and our compassionate staff will make you comfortable and relieve your pain fast!
Don’t suffer from dental pain! Call Tieken Smiles Dentistry at 281-942-6615.
Making You Comfortable
As with any visit to our League City, TX dentist office, we’ll give you the VIP treatment. We’ll carefully assess your situation and thoroughly numb you with anesthesia to give you quick relief. We use OraVerse, an anesthesia reversal agent, that dramatically reduces post-anesthesia numbness. No more feeling numb for hours!
Our comfort amenities include:
- A NuCalm® headset that uses noise-dampening headphones and a light-blocking eye mask to relax you
- Massage chairs
Our care rooms are also equipped with flat-screen monitors so we can share digital X-rays and other images with you to better explain your diagnosis and treatment options.
Being in pain can understandably cause dental anxiety. So we also offer dental sedation if you need it.
Restorative Dentistry Services to Relieve Your Dental Pain
We’ve got a dental procedure that can end your pain, including:
- Dental crowns, to repair and protect broken or otherwise damaged teeth
- Tooth fillings, to stop destructive decay in its tracks
Treating Your TMJ Disorder
TMJ disorder can give you an aching jaw, earaches, and persistent headaches. Fortunately, Dr. Tieken can treat TMJ disorder with a custom mouthguard that you wear at night to prevent you from grinding your teeth.