Why Do Toothaches Occur?

newman toothacheAt some point, nearly all of us will develop an aching tooth. What causes a toothache? The pain may be the result of a sinus infection, or possibly a warning of a problem with your smile. Either way, you should never ignore sudden discomfort and should see your dentist as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions About Toothaches

Question: Can an aching tooth be a sign of tooth decay?

Answer: Yes. When a cavity forms you may initially experience tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods/drinks, or possibly a persistent toothache. Ignoring these warning signs can allow the decay to spread until bacteria comes in contact with the inner pulp, which lead to a painful dental infection.

Question: Does a toothache warn us about bruxism?

Answer: When we grind our teeth we can damage them, wearing down enamel or causing chips and fractures to appear. This exposes the sensitive inner tooth structure to bacteria, allowing cavities to form. Tooth pain can be an indicator of teeth grinding.

Question: Should I see the dentist if my tooth hurts?

Answer: Yes. If you experience pain in your teeth, jaw, or head that doesn’t subside after 48 hours, schedule a visit. The doctor will thoroughly examine your smile to look for indicators of a problem, such as decay, TMJ disorder, or bruxism. Then, we can discuss treatment options to restore the health and function of your smile.

Question: How will the doctor address my toothache?

Answer: In many cases, the doctor may suggest a dental filling. In one visit, a filling can address a minor cavity. For more serious cavities, as well as teeth that have been fractured or broken, we can place a lifelike crown. If the cause of your ache is bruxism, we can use an oral appliance to protect teeth from further damage.