Does A Toothache Mean You Need A Dental Visit?

Did you know there are several issues that can lead to an aching tooth? In some cases, these are temporary issues and the pain will simply stop. However, the discomfort could also be a sign of a serious oral health concern and require a visit to your dentist.

Try Our Quiz on Toothaches

  1. True or False: Treatment can prevent decay from becoming infection.
  2. True or False: Teeth grinding can also be a source of your discomfort.
  3. True or False: If related to a sinus infection, the pain will pass after a few hours.
  4. True or False: We can repair the tooth and stop the ache.

Answer Key

  1. True. Without treatment, a cavity will continue to grow and spread. Eventually, bacteria can come into contact with the pulp, the bundle of loving tissue at the tooth’s center, which keeps it alive and healthy. An infection can then form, leading to more serious discomfort and a greater risk of losing the tooth.
  2. True. If you grind or clench your teeth, also known as bruxism, you can end up damaging the enamel and increasing the chances of decay forming. Soon, you can develop toothaches. Waning signs of bruxism include soreness in the face or jaw, as well as headaches.
  3. True. A sinus infection or changes in air pressure, such as when flying in a plane, can lead to temporary aches. These last only for a few hours. However, should the pain persist for more than 48 hours, you should see the dentist right away.
  4. True. We can place a lifelike filling or possibly a porcelain dental crown to repair the tooth and protect you from further discomfort. If you have any questions about our treatment options, then please contact our office today.

Do You Need to See the Dentist?

At Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, we can assess the factors behind your aching teeth and discuss treatment options. We’ve proudly served our patients in Astoria, NY (including Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and all surrounding communities) since 1991. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Leibowitz, call our office in Astoria today at 718-728-8320.