What Does A Toothache Mean?

Have you noticed a tooth that feels sensitive to hot or cold foods or beverages? Do you have an aching tooth, with the pain refusing to subside after several hours? In these situations, you may need treatment. A persistent toothache can often mean issues that require restorative treatment, such as a dental filling.

Possible Causes

A toothache can be caused by a number of different factors, such as a sinus infection or changes in air pressure, which can occur during a plane trip. However, these aches will be very short lived, ceasing after a few hours. If you have discomfort that persists after 48 hours, then this could be a sign of an issue requiring treatment. Ignoring persistent pain could mean a minor problem will worsen and eventually, threaten the stability of your smile.

Tooth Decay and Bruxism

A cavity forms when the outer enamel becomes compromised, either through poor oral hygiene weakening enamel or via injury. Bacteria then reaches the inner layers of dentin, allowing a cavity to form. Patients often begin to experience tooth sensitivity or toothaches. Treatment is needed to prevent the decay from growing worse and eventually causing an infection.

Bruxism refers to a patient regularly grinding his/her teeth or clenching the jaw. Over time, teeth grinding can wear down enamel and even chip or fracture a tooth. Patients then experience tooth pain, as well as jaw pain and headaches. Once again, treatment is necessary to prevent the pain from growing worse as an infection sets in.

Treating the Problem

Fortunately, we can often address the issue in one visit. For example, most cases of tooth decay can be treated with a simple dental filling. We use composite resin, a metal-free material that can bend with the tooth. For bruxism, we can repair damage with a filling or a crown. We can then use an oral appliance, or possibly orthodontics, to help prevent further teeth grinding episodes.

Do You Have an Aching Tooth?

We can address the cause of your pain and help you enjoy a more healthy and beautiful smile. You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200. We proudly serve patients in Southlake, Keller, Colleyville, Grapevine, Westlake, Trophy Club, and North Richland Hills.