A toothache can run the gamut from mild irritant to intense pain. What causes toothaches? What treatment options are available to relieve the discomfort of tooth pain? In today’s blog, your Richardson dentist, Dr. Diep Truong, explains what can cause a painful toothache and recommends simple treatment.

Common Toothache Causes

A variety of factors can lead to a toothache, including:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Cracked or chipped tooth
  • Damaged filling or crown
  • Dental infection or abscessed tooth
  • Teeth grinding

Addressing Toothaches

In order to end your dental discomfort, your Richardson TX general dentist will first perform a through examination to pinpoint the cause of your ache. From there, she can recommend the most appropriate treatment. Using an array of cosmetic and restorative procedures, Dr. Truong can return your tooth to full function and appearance, ending your painful symptoms. For cavities, Dr. Truong may recommend a composite filling. To address teeth that have been cracked, worn down, or chipped, she may prescribe dental bonding or porcelain veneers.

Preventive Care

In most cases, poor oral hygiene allows periodontal disease and cavities to develop, increasing the risk of toothaches and even requiring the removal of an infected tooth. In order to protect and preserve your tooth, always maintain good dental habits. Attend regular checkups and cleanings, brush your teeth twice a day, and floss once. Try to rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash as well. These simple steps help prevent toothaches by cleansing the mouth of harmful bacteria and stray food particles.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Richardson TX General Dentist

Do you suffer from a chronic toothache? Then you may be experiencing the symptoms of a serious dental issue. Talk to your Richardson TX general dentist today. Contact Dr. Truong, today by calling our Richardson office at 972-437-6000. Patients can also make an appointment with our West Dallas dentist office, near Cockrell Hill, Irving, and Grand Prairie at (214) 337-7800. At Viva Dental Family Dentistry, we offer our patients the latest in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. We are proud to serve patients in the 75211 and 75080 zip codes, and surrounding neighborhoods.