Toothaches can be miserable. Have you ever wondered why something as small as your tooth can cause so much pain? Why do toothaches hurt so much? Your Dallas family dentist, Dr. Diep Truong, explains the causes of toothaches and common ways of preventing them.

Why Do We Get Toothaches?

A variety of factors can cause toothaches. Treatment options for your aching tooth will depend on what exactly started your toothache. Toothaches can result from these and other conditions:

  • Tooth decay
  • Abscessed tooth
  • Teeth grinding
  • Damaged fillings
  • Particles wedged between teeth
  • Gum recession
  • Internal infection
  • Fracture
  • Enamel damage or erosion

Whether from tooth decay, or in the case of a failed filling, once bacteria can enter a tooth, infection is possible. As with most infection, swelling results, and soon your tooth begins to ache and feel uncomfortable.

Protect Your Teeth

The best way to avoid painful toothaches is with preventive dentistry. Maintaining proper dental habits can help reduce the chances of developing toothaches. Always brush at least twice a day, and floss once. Don’t forget to rinse your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash, as well. These steps will cleanse your teeth of the food particles that feed harmful bacteria. Over time, the bacteria increase oral acids that weaken the tooth enamel. Weak enamel leaves teeth vulnerable to cavities and potentially internal infection, which leads to toothaches.

For patients with severe toothaches, Dr. Truong offers a variety of restorative dentistry techniques to repair damage. At Viva Dental Family Dentistry, we offer crowns, fillings, and root canals. These common procedures help prevent further degradation of the tooth and reduce tooth pain. They restore function and appearance, as well.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Dallas Dentist

Do you have a painful toothache? Dr. Truong and out team at Viva Dental Family Dentistry can help! Make an appointment today with either our West Dallas dentist office, near Cockrell Hill, Irving, and Grand Prairie at (214) 337-7800 or our Richardson dentist office, near Garland, Plano, and North Dallas, at (972 437-6000. We are proud to serve patients in the 75211 and 75080 zip codes, and surrounding neighborhoods.