Why Does My Tooth Hurt?


Do you have pain in your tooth? If so, you’re probably wondering if you need to see the dentist. Aching teeth often indicate the presence of decay or other oral health concerns. Find out what factors lead to cavities and what your Omaha, NE, can do to help!

Teeth Grinding and Tooth Decay

Persistent teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, places enormous pressure on the teeth, often cracking or chipping them or simply wearing away tooth enamel. The damage then exposes the sensitive inner tooth structure to harmful bacteria, leading to a higher risk of aching teeth and cavities. Tooth decay also forms when we don’t take proper care of our smiles. Poor oral hygiene leads to higher levels of oral acidity and plaque buildup, weakening enamel and leading to the onset of tooth decay.

The Dangers of Ignoring Your Aches

If you have a toothache that doesn’t subside after a day or two, then see us right away. Otherwise, the decay in your tooth will continue to grow larger and eventually reach the inner pulp. Your pulp sits at the center of the tooth and keeps the tooth alive and healthy. The presence of bacteria means an infection, leading to greater discomfort and a higher risk of tooth loss.

Treating a Cavity in One Visit

If we discover a cavity, we may use a tooth-colored filling, made from composite resin to provide a lifelike restoration in a single visit. If you have minor damage due to bruxism or injury, then we may use dental bonding, which also repairs the tooth in one visit. Don’t let your pain impact your quality of life your smile’s health, contact us today to discuss treatment options. If you have ay questions or concerns, then please give our office a call.

Do You Have Questions About Toothaches?

We want to help make sure you avoid toothaches and see us in time to treat the problem. To find out more, schedule a consultation by calling Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE, today at (402) 330-2243. We also serve the residents of Papillion, Elkhorn, La Vista, Millard, and all surrounding communities.