Quiz: Why Do Toothaches Develop?

A toothache that sticks around may indicate you need treatment. Ignoring the issue could lead to serious complications for our Tucson, AZ patients. In today’s blog, we’re looking at the causes of toothaches and what pain could mean for your oral health.

Try Our Quiz on Toothaches

  1. True or False: Air pressure and sinus issues may lead to aches.
  2. True or False: Tooth decay is linked to toothaches.
  3. True or False: Dental infections often lead to discomfort.
  4. True or False: Teeth grinding may cause aches.

Answer Key

  1. True. Temporary aches may develop as a result of changes in air pressure, such as when riding in an airplane or visiting places at a higher elevation. Sinus issues and allergies are also linked to brief pain in the teeth. The discomfort tends to ease after a few hours.
  2. True. Tooth decay occurs when the outer tooth enamel becomes compromised, either through injury or poor oral hygiene, and harmful bacteria reaches the inner tooth structure. The resulting decay leads to a toothache that lasts for more than 48 hours, one that will continue to grow worse as the cavity expands.
  3. True. Without treatment, the cavity may eventually grow large enough that bacteria reach the inner pulp. An infection then arises, leading to greater levels of discomfort and eventually, the risk of tooth loss.
  4. True. When we persistently grind our teeth, we may be suffering from bruxism. Without treatment, bruxism places pressure on the teeth, leading to a greater risk of damage, such as cracked, chipped, or worn-down teeth. If you experience persistent pain in your tooth, then see us right away. We can offer personalized treatment options, such as fillings or crowns, to repair and restore the tooth.

Does Your Tooth Ache?

An aching tooth may mean you need treatment, so please give our office a call as soon as possible. For more information, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling Dr. Newman’s office in Tucson, AZ, today at 520-296-5439. We’re conveniently located inside the Grant Road Professional Plaza, and proudly welcome the residents of all surrounding communities.