Learn Why Your Tooth Hurts (and Treat It)

Dealing with a toothache is never fun, but for most us, it’s necessary at some point in our lives. In many cases, it may just be a relatively minor issue, such as sensitivity from biting down on something too hard. In many other cases, however, toothaches are consistent because they’re caused by something more serious. At our Redmond, OR, dental office, we can help you find lasting relief from your toothache, whether minor or severe, by diagnosing what’s causing it and finding the right treatment for it.

Common toothache causes

Achy, sensitive teeth are common dental symptoms, and it can indicate a number of potential causes. Some of the most frequent include:

  • Weakened tooth enamel – Your tooth enamel is the main barrier between your main, sensitive tooth structure and things that could irritate it, like food and oral bacteria. This layer is made almost entirely of minerals, such as calcium, but can be weakened by oral bacteria that produce substances that sap minerals from your teeth (such as acids).
  • Developing tooth decay – Once your enamel becomes too weak from enamel erosion, the bacteria that caused it can then infect the main tooth structure underneath it. This causes much more intense tooth discomfort, as it involves the infection of your tooth structure (a condition known as tooth decay).
  • An internal tooth infection – In more severe cases of tooth decay, such as if you wait to treat it or if your tooth is fractured and becomes internally infected, the pain in your tooth can become severe. This is because your tooth’s nerves and soft tissues have become directly infected with decay, which could pose greater risks to your oral health.

How to treat the toothache for good

  • Better hygiene and preventive care – If your tooth enamel has grown weak due to excessive enamel erosion, then you may still have a chance of strengthening it before a cavity develops. This may include improving your hygiene routine at home to reduce your teeth’s exposure to oral bacteria, as well as a stricter schedule of preventive checkup and cleaning appointments.
  • A tooth-colored dental filling – If your tooth develops a cavity, then the aching in your tooth will make it nearly impossible to ignore. Fortunately, we can treat most mild to moderate cavities with a conservative, tooth-colored filling. The filling will restore your tooth while also shielding it from irritants like food and bacteria.
  • Root canal therapy – The inner chamber of your tooth, called the pulp, is connected to your tooth’s root canal, and cleaning away the infected nerves and tissues is often referred to as root canal therapy. The procedure will remove the infection from within your tooth, allowing us to restore the pulp and root canal by sealing them.

Find the right treatment for your toothache

If you suffer from a toothache, then let us help you treat it by diagnosing and addressing its root cause. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927.