Does A Toothache Mean I Need A Filling?

What does it mean when your tooth hurts? While different factors can lead to pain in your smile, in some cases this may indicate you need treatment. Often, a persistent toothache means you need a filling to address a cavity. Otherwise, the decay can grow worse until you develop more serious issues with your oral health.

Try Our Quiz on Toothaches and Fillings

  1. True or False: Aches can be caused by multiple factors.
  2. True or False: You may need a filling if the issue persists.
  3. True or False: Our restorations look natural.
  4. True or False: Ignoring the problem can lead to serious complications.

Answer Key

  1. True. During the winter, the cold air can lead to sensitivity. Change sin air pressure, such as riding in a plane, can also be a source of discomfort. Toothaches have also been caused by sinus infections. However, the most common cause is tooth decay, which can form due to poor oral hygiene or an injury to the tooth.
  2. True. If your pain is the result of air pressure changes, winter weather, or sinus problems, then discomfort will subside after a few hours. If you continue to experience pain after 48 hours, then you may have a cavity that requires treatment. Fortunately, in one visit we can place a dental filling and repair your tooth.
  3. True. We use a composite resin instead of metal, which means we can shade the material to better blend with the tooth. In addition, the lack of metal means the restoration not only looks natural, but is safe for those with metal allergies, young children, or pregnant women.
  4. True. If you ignore the ache then the cavity can continue to grow worse, eventually leading to the onset of an infection or abscess that can threaten the stability of your tooth. If you experience a persistent toothache, please contact our team today.

Do You Have an Aching Tooth?

We can address any pain in your teeth and help you enjoy a healthy and comfortable smile. You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200.