FAQs: Why Do We Get Toothaches?

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Have you ever experienced a toothache? An aching tooth can range from mild irritant to serious discomfort. What causes a toothache to occur in the first place? By understanding the common causes of toothaches, and what you can do to potentially avoid them, you can enjoy a healthier, happier smile.

Frequently Asked Questions About Toothaches

Question: What causes a toothache?

Answer: Multiple factors can lead to a toothache, including trauma from injury or teeth grinding to a sinus infection. However, tooth decay is one of the most common causes of aching teeth. When oral bacteria feed on the sugars and stray food particles in our mouths, our teeth are coated in a layer of plaque that weakens our tooth enamel. Soon, the tooth can develop a cavity.

Question: Can a toothache be a warning sign?

Answer: Yes. As we touched on above, toothaches and tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures are both indicators of a cavity or possible even a dental infection. If you notice a toothache that persists after 48 hours, you should see Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans right away.

Question: How do Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans address an aching tooth?

Answer: Dental fillings are a common method of repairing a decayed tooth. At Wager Evans Dental, we offer natural looking fillings made from metal-free composite material. For treating more advanced decay, we may recommend a custom-made dental crown.

Question: What can I do to avoid toothaches?

Answer: With good dental habits, you can reduce your risk of encountering a toothache. Each day you should brush your teeth twice and floss at least once. We also strongly recommend a thorough dental cleaning once every six months. Together, these routines can remove oral bacteria and stray food particles, decreasing the chances of developing decay and helping you avoid toothaches.

About Your Reno Dentists:

Dr. William Wager, Dr. Brian Evans, and our highly experienced team at Wager Evans Dental are devoted to our patients and their families, and dedicated to providing first-rate dental care in a comfortable, inviting environment. Schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment at our Reno family dentist office today by calling (775) 829-7700. We proudly welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and all surrounding communities.