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Should You See A Dentist For Your Toothache?

When a toothache forms, you may notice a persistent pain in your tooth. This could be caused by a number of different issues, some of which can subside shortly. However, other aches may require the attention of your dentist. When should you see the dentist for a toothache?

Try Our Quiz on Toothaches

  1. True or False: If caused by damage, the discomfort will not subside.
  2. True or False: Cavities often cause an ache.
  3. True or False: Pain could also be linked to bruxism.
  4. True or False: We have lifelike restorations to address the causes of discomfort.

Answer Key

  1. True. Toothaches can sometimes be the result of changes in air pressure (such as from air travel) or due to a sinus infection. If so, then the discomfort will pass after a few hours. However, should the pain be the result of a cavity or injury, then pain will not subside after 48 hours and will actually grow worse.
  2. True. When a cavity forms, you may notice your teeth feel sensitive or ache. As the cavity continues to grow and spread, the discomfort will grow worse. The cavity occurs as a result of poor oral hygiene or injury weakening the outer enamel, allowing bacteria to reach the inner layers of dentin.
  3. True. If you grind your teeth or clench your jaw regularly, then you may suffer from bruxism. Over time, teeth grinding can wear away the outer enamel and allow cavities and even infection to form. Stress often causes bruxism and warning signs can include headaches or pain in the face or jaw.
  4. True. We can place a dental filling to address decay, or possibly a crown. Our restorations can also address the damage caused by bruxism. If you have any questions about our treatments, then please contact our office today.


At Vi Mai-Truong, DDS, we can pinpoint the cause of your discomfort and recommend a solution. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese. To schedule an appointment, call our Garland, TX office today at (972) 530-0552.


Dr. Mai and her team provide excellent patient care to prevent dental conditions from developing. We monitor your smile with checkups and regular cleanings incorporating advanced technology.
To treat and transform your smile, we can offer fillings and crowns to restore your smile to optimal health, function, and beauty.
We want to help your smile shine with professional teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and one-visit bonding and contouring procedures.
Our advanced dental technology allows us to provide you with less-intrusive, more precise care.