We receive this question quite a bit. People often schedule appointments when they encounter discomfort they don’t have an explanation for. If you’re wondering why your tooth hurts, then see your dentist. Otherwise, what may start as mild discomfort could soon lead to serious oral health complications.
Question: What causes a toothache?
Answer: A toothache can be the result of several factors, including sinus infections and even altitude changes when flying in a plane. However, the most common cause is tooth decay, which forms when the outer enamel erodes or is damaged, which can occur as the result of poor oral hygiene, bruxism, or injury.
Question: What happens if I ignore the pain?
Answer: If you ignore a persistent toothache or tooth sensitivity, then the decay can grow. Eventually, the tooth may become infected. If a root canal is not performed in time, the infection may cause the tooth to die and require removal before infection can spread to surrounding teeth. We always urge patients to see us right away when tooth pain develops.
Question: Will I need a filling?
Answer: Not always, but in many cases, we do place a dental filling. Using a metal-free composite resin, we can place a lifelike filling that blends with the smile in a single visit. The filling can prevent the decay from spreading, stopping aches and the risk of an infection or abscess.
Question: How do I prevent future toothaches?
Answer: First, try and cut back on sugar foods and drinks, as these particles are often broken down by bacteria, leading to the plaque buildup that can weaken tooth enamel. In addition, you should be brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once every night. Finally, always schedule a dental cleaning every six months to remove plaque and tartar, protecting your smile from cavities. If you have any questions about preventing dental discomfort then please contact our office today.
Our dentists can pinpoint the cause of your discomfort and recommend the most appropriate treatment option. Contact us at our local Austin, TX office at 512-250-9444.