By Steven T. Riesenberg, DMD
December 11, 2020
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Toothache  

Whether your tooth hurts constantly or only occasionally, it's important to pay a visit to your Washington, NJ, dentist, Dr. Steven Riesenberg. During your appointment, he'll diagnose the cause of your toothache and offer treatments that will ease your pain.

Why do I have a toothache?

Tooth decay is a common cause of toothaches. Although small cavities usually aren't painful, your tooth may begin to hurt as the decayed area expands. Other toothache causes may include:

  • Damaged Filling: Old fillings may become loose due to years of normal wear and tear, or you may damage the filling if you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep.
  • Sensitivity: Do your teeth hurt after you eat or drink hot, cold, or sugary foods and drinks? Sensitive teeth may be the reason for your pain.
  • Cracks: Cracks in teeth aren't always obvious but can cause significant pain.
  • Gum Disease: The pain you feel in your teeth may actually start in your gums.
  • Inflamed Sinuses: Your sinuses are located very close to the roots of your upper teeth. Inflammation in the sinuses can irritate the roots, causing pain.
  • Infection: A bacterial infection in your tooth can cause severe pain, lymph node and facial swelling, pus around the tooth, a pimple on the gums, fever, and painful gums. If you have any of these symptoms, call the Washington dental office immediately.

How are toothaches treated?

Toothache treatment varies depending on the cause of your pain. If you have a cavity, your dentist will remove the decayed part of your tooth and replace it with a filling. You will need a new filling if your old one is damaged or loose, or if you've developed a new area of decay around the filling. Of course, you'll receive a local anesthetic before any type of dental treatment to ensure that you feel no pain.

Sensitivity can be reduced by using special toothpaste or receiving a fluoride treatment that helps strengthen your tooth enamel. Infections usually require antibiotic treatment and root canal therapy to remove the infected pulp. Treating inflamed or infected sinuses will also decrease your tooth pain.

Placing a crown over your cracked tooth will end your pain and strengthen your tooth. If the crack is caused by grinding or clenching, your dentist can also provide you with a nightguard that will prevent further damage to your crowns or teeth.

Do you have a toothache? Call your dentist in Washington, NJ, Dr. Riesenberg, at (908) 689-5129 to schedule an appointment.