What Causes a Toothache?

burdtoothacheNearly all of us develop an aching tooth at some point in our life. What causes a toothache? Can we take steps to help prevent the onset of teeth pain? With the right information you can understand the causes of your discomfort and take steps to ensure your smile remains comfortable and whole.

Frequently Asked Questions About Toothache Prevention

Question: What causes a toothache?

Answer: A variety of factors can lead to an aching tooth, such as injury, cavities, infection, sinus infection, or teeth grinding. How the dentist will repair your tooth depends on the cause and severity of your discomfort. Using x-rays and DIAGNOdent laser technology, we can carefully examine your teeth to diagnose the issue.

Question: What happens if I ignore the discomfort?

Answer: Ignoring an ache or sensitivity can allow the problem to progress, eventually increasing the risk of an infection. A root canal or possible an extraction may then be necessary to protect the health and appearance of your smile. If you experience any discomfort that persists after 48 hours, please see a dental professional right away.

Question: How will the dentist address the ache?

Answer: In most cases a cavity is the cause of your ache, meaning the dentist can address the issue in one visit with a dental filling. For damaged teeth, a dental crown or possible a dental bonding procedure may be the best option.

Question: How can I prevent aching teeth?

Answer: With proper dental hygiene you can reduce the risk of a toothache developing. You need to brush your teeth in the morning and again in the evening. You also need to floss in the evening as well. We recommend cutting back on sugary foods and drinks and having your teeth professionally cleaning twice a year.