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Why does my tooth hurt?

Screen Shot 2017-05-01 at 3.54.54 PMTooth pain is your bodies way of telling you something is not right. When tooth pain persists, worsens, or is sharp and shooting, it is essential to contact Woodbridge, VA dentist Dr. Joseph Cavallo. Early treatment of any oral health concern is ideal for conservative and effective treatment. Dr. Cavallo will provide a personal and comprehensive oral health exam to determine the cause of your tooth pain.

What Causes Tooth Pain

There are several reasons your tooth could be causing you discomfort. The only way to know for sure is by visiting Dr. Cavallo for an oral health exam. While the reasons for tooth pain vary, they are all an indication of an oral health concern.

  • Sensitive Teeth
    If you have very sensitive teeth they can be the cause of tooth pain. If you switch between hot and cold food or beverages it may cause a sharp or shooting pain in your tooth. This type of pain will usually subside within a minute. There is most likely no need for alarm and this issue can usually be addressed at your next preventative oral health check up. Dr. Cavallo may suggest a special toothpaste for sensitive teeth to minimize or eliminate tooth pain symptoms. If you are experiencing persistent tooth sensitivity and pain it may be a sign that you grind your teeth or have tooth cavity. If the pain is persistent, contact our Woodbridge, VA dentist office.
  • Cavities or Tooth Decay
    Almost every adult will experience some level of tooth decay at some point in their lives. If you have pain in your tooth due to a tooth cavity, seek dental help as soon as possible. If caught early, a dental filling can be used to treat your cavity. More advanced decay could result in the need for a root canal or tooth extraction. If your tooth is already experiencing pain, a root canal will most likely be the best treatment option. A root canal is a procedure where Dr. Cavallo removes the diseased pulp of the tooth, seals the space, and caps the tooth with a crown. Root canals help preserve the structure of the jaw and stability of your natural bite.In rare cases, pain may be a sign you have an abscessed tooth. Abscessed teeth are often accompanied by swelling or fever. If you are experiencing this type of tooth pain, contact our Woodbridge dental office for an appointment with Dr. Cavallo.
  • Broken Dental Restoration
    If you experience tooth pain when bite down you may have damaged a dental restoration or your tooth. Tooth pain is often a result of a cracked tooth, broken crown, or loose filling.

Schedule A Consultation

If you have pain in your mouth that does not subside contact our Woodbridge dentist office to schedule a dental health exam. Dr. Cavallo will help you build a personalized dental treatment plan that will address your dental health and restore the function and beauty to your smile.