What Causes A Toothache?

Jul 24th, 2017 | By | Category: General Dentistry

If you haven’t yet, then at some point in your future you’re probably going to develop pain in your tooth. What causes a toothache? Often, persistent pain in your tooth is a sign that a serious oral health concern has developed and that you should see the dentist as soon as possible for treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions About Toothaches

Question: What causes discomfort?

Answer: A toothache can develop for a number of reasons. For example, sinus infections and changes in air pressure can mean discomfort, but this is short lived. However, pain as a result of tooth decay, which forms when the enamel is compromised, either as a result of injury or poor oral hygiene weakening tooth enamel.

Question: How do I know if my ache is related to cavities?

Answer: With sinus infections or air pressure changes, the pain will last a few hours at most. However, when a cavity forms the tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures or the toothache can last for days. If 48 hours have passed and your tooth still hurts, we urge you to see the dentist as soon as possible for a diagnosis and to discuss possible treatment options.

Question: What happens if I don’t see a dentist?

Answer: Without treatment, a cavity can continue to grow until the bacteria comes into contact with the inner pulp, a bundle of tissues that act as the tooth’s nerve center. The discomfort will then grow worse, along with the risk of losing the tooth to the now full-blown infection.

Question: How do you treat cavities?

Answer: We can typically address a cavity in one visit using a dental filling. For more severe cases, we may recommend a dental crown to stop your discomfort and protect your smile. If you have any questions or concerns about aching teeth, then please contact our office today.

Do You Have Questions About Toothaches?

We can help address your discomfort and treat your oral health concerns. To learn more, or schedule a consultation, contact Hilltop Family Dental today by calling (510) 758-7222. Located in Richmond, CA, we also proudly serve patients from Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and all surrounding communities.


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