Do you have pain in your smile? If you have a tooth that hurts, there’s a chance that you have an oral health problem that requires treatment. Ignoring the pain means you could allow the issue to grow worse and threaten the health and stability of your smile. Let’s look at the common causes of toothaches.

Common Causes of Toothaches

There could be a variety of reasons why your tooth hurts. For example, sinus issues can lead to brief periods of sensitivity, while changes in air pressure can do the same as well. Winter weather has also been known to lead to pain. However, these episodes would be brief, lasting only a few hours. If you have a persistent ache, then you may need to see your dentist.

Dental Cavities and Dental Infection

Pain that lasts more than 48 hours is often an indicator of a cavity or an infection. You should see us as soon as possible. We can examine your smile and identify the presence of a cavity or dental infection. We can then discuss treatment. Remember, untreated decay can lead to infection. An untreated infection can lead to greater discomfort and eventually, the risk of tooth loss.

Treatment and Prevention

How do we treat a cavity? In most cases, we place a filling made from metal-free composite resin, which can be shaded to blend with the tooth. We can address an infection with a root canal procedure. Afterward, we can discuss preventive options, such as brushing and flossing properly, avoiding sugary foods and drinks, and having teeth professionally cleaned twice a year, which can help you avoid the onset of cavities. If you have any questions about toothaches or our treatment options, then contact our team today.

Does Your Tooth Hurt?

At Brighton Family Dental Group, we can pinpoint the cause of your discomfort and offer solutions. You can schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Thomas Villani or Dr. Richard Kondrat by reaching out to our office at (617) 562-5210. We are proud to offer a range of dental services to patients from Brighton, Watertown, Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, and all neighboring communities.