Why Does My Tooth Ache?

When we develop pain in or around our teeth, this is often due to an issue that requires immediate treatment. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at the common causes of a toothache, and suggest possible remedies. No matter what, you should never hesitate to contact your dentist if you notice discomfort that doesn’t subside after 48 hours!

Try Our Quiz on Toothaches

  1. True or False: They can be caused by a number of factors.
  2. True or False: Without treatment, decay can grow worse.
  3. True or False: Better homecare can help you avoid aches.
  4. True or False: Cutting back on sugary foods/drinks can protect your smile.

Answer Key

  1. True. Did you know that sinus infection can lead to an aching tooth? In addition, pressure changes, such as when you ride in an airplane, can also lead to discomfort. The difference between these and the pain caused by decay is sinus and air pressure related discomfort will subside after a few hours. But if caused by decay, the pain will be persistent.
  2. True. The decay will grow worse, spreading and eventually allowing the bacteria to reach the inner pulp. Then, an infection can form that will cause serious discomfort and eventually threaten the stability of your smile. You will require a root canal to prevent the infection from spreading.
  3. True. When you care for your smile, then the risk of developing a cavity will lessen. You should be brushing your teeth twice a day, once in the morning and again before bed. You should also floss on either side of every tooth before going to bed each night.
  4. True. Bacteria will break down the sugar particles left behind on and between your teeth, causing decay as oral acidity rises and tooth enamel weakens. By cutting back on foods and drinks high in sugar, you can help safeguard your smile.

Does Your Tooth Hurt?

If you have pain in your teeth, then don’t live with the discomfort and inadvertently allow a minor problem to grow worse. Schedule a visit with your dentist in Austin, TX by contacting Austin General Dentistry today at 512-346-5540.