Does A Toothache Mean Cavities?

Occasionally, we have patients in Astoria, NY, contact us about an aching tooth. After all, pain in your tooth typically indicates the presence of decay or other oral health issues. Fortunately, we can help treat the issue and recommend options for avoiding decay down the road.

Toothache Causes

Multiple factors may lead to toothaches, such as changes in elevation or air pressure. For example, riding in an airplane or relocating to a higher elevation. Sinus issues and allergies are also linked to tooth pain. However, these aches will be short lived, lasting a few hours at the most. A persistent toothache, one that lasts for more than 48 hours, often indicates the presence of a cavity.

Treating Cavities

Treating a dental cavity helps prevent the problem from growing more severe and leading to an infection. If you have a persistent toothache, then let us know. We will carefully examine your tooth to assess the cause of your discomfort. From there, we can recommend the most appropriate treatment option. In most cases, a lifelike filling made from metal-free composite resin will treat the problem and prevent further pain. If the cavity grows severe, then we may create and place a custom-made dental crown. Either way, we use natural looking restoration options, ensuring your repaired tooth blends seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

Preventing Cavities

Following treatment, we will discuss ways to help avoid aches and decay in the future. For example, cutting back on sugary foods and drinks helps limit the risk of decay. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing every night before bed also safeguards your smile. We suggest making time to see us every six months for a checkup and dental cleaning. These routine visits help us identify decay in the earliest stages, while also removing the plaque buildup often responsible for the onset of cavities in the first place. If you have any questions about toothaches and cavities, then contact our team today.

Does Your Tooth Hurt?

Don’t live with pain in your tooth, talk to us about treatment options today. For more information, schedule a consultation with us by calling Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.