Do you have a tooth that hurts? A toothache can range from a minor inconvenience to a serious source of misery. Often, skipping treatment for tooth pain can increase the risk of infection and other serious complications. Does a toothache always mean you need treatment? How do you address them?

Try Our Quiz on Toothaches

  1. True or False: Poor oral hygiene can lead to tooth pain.
  2. True or False: Toothaches have been linked to bruxism and other issues.
  3. True or False: We can address them with a filling or crown.
  4. True or False: Improving your oral health can reduce the risk of discomfort.

Answer Key

  1. True. When we don’t take care of our smile, oral bacteria is allowed to flourish and break down food particles left on or between our teeth. In the process, the bacteria actually increase the levels of oral acidity and then coat the teeth in a sticky biofilm known as plaque. The tooth enamel can then weaken and erode, leading to sensitivity and tooth decay.
  2. True. In addition to cavities, toothaches have also been warning signs of bruxism. A disorder that develops when we grind our teeth, bruxism places enormous pressure on the teeth, eventually leading to worn down enamel and even chips or cracks. The teeth can then develop serious aches as decay and even infection form.
  3. True. With a filling, we can address cavities in a single visit. For more serious damage or decay, we can create a lifelike dental crown, restoring the smile in as little as two visits.
  4. True. When we cut back on sugary foods and drinks and take better care of our smiles (which means brushing and flossing daily and properly) we can reduce the risk of aching teeth!

Do You Have Questions About Treating Toothaches?

We can combat your discomfort and improve your oral health with our restorative and preventive treatment options. Our Dallas, TX office welcomes patients from North Oak Cliff, Bishop Arts District, Kessler Park, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, and nearby cities. Our Richardson, TX office welcomes patients from North Dallas, Plano, Garland, and the surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, call Viva Dental Family Dentistry at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).