What Does A Toothache Mean?

Occasionally, our teeth develop aches and can hurt. The pain can begin as a minor irritant, but progress into serious discomfort that impacts quality of life. What does a toothache mean? Often, this is your body warning you about a developing issues that requires your dentist’s immediate attention!

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  1. True or False: Sometimes, sinus infection can cause discomfort.
  2. True or False: A toothache is often linked to decay.
  3. True or False: Ignoring pain can allow infection to develop.
  4. True or False: We can use a filling to repair a tooth.

Answer Key

  1. True. Sinus problems and even changes in air pressure, such as flying in a plane, can make temporary aches occur. However, these will pass after a few hours. A toothache that indicates a problem will continue to persist after 48 hours, meaning you need to see the dentist to undergo treatment and prevent the problem from progressing.
  2. True. A cavity can often cause tooth sensitivity and a toothache to form. This is because a cavity occurs when the outer tooth enamel is damaged or eroded. Bactria then comes into contact with the inner layers of dentin, a more sensitive tissue.
  3. True. If you don’t seek treatment from your dentist, the cavity will continue to grow and spread. Eventually, bacteria can reach the pulp, a bundle of living tissue that keeps the tooth alive and healthy. AN infection can lead to greater levels of discomfort, as well as a greater risk of tooth loss.
  4. True. A filling is made from a metal-free composite resin, which means your completed filling will blend with your tooth and look natural. Should the decay be more substantial, we can also place a lifelike crown in a single visit using CEREC technology.

Does Your Tooth Hurt?

Dr. Calcagno and our team can address the causes of your discomfort and restore your tooth. For more information about our treatments, from Invisalign braces to dental implants, contact our team today. Schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.