Why Does My Tooth Ache?

Do you have pain in your tooth? If so, then you may have an oral health issue that needs treatment. Otherwise, the risk of a more serious complication arising only increases. In today’s blog, your El Paso, TX, dentists will take a look at the factors behind toothaches, and when you should contact our team to schedule an appointment!

Sinus Issues and Other Temporary Causes

Often, an ache in your teeth could occur as a result of sinus or allergy issues. These pains however, will be short-lived, passing after only a few hours. In addition, changes in air pressure, such as riding in an airplane or visiting a higher location could cause discomfort. In the winter months, the sudden chill in the air has also been known to increase the likelihood of aches and pain. Again though, these won’t persist for more than a day. If you have prolonged pain for more than 48 hours, you should let us know right away.

Tooth Decay and Infection

Tooth decay happens when harmful bacteria is able to reach the inner dentin, a sensitive and porous section of tooth structure below the tooth enamel. A number of factors could allow this to happen, such as chips or cracks damaging the enamel, or poor oral hygiene weakening and eroding portions of the enamel. When a cavity forms, it continues to grow and spread unless treated. Soon, the person begins to experience tooth sensitivity to cold and hot foods and drinks, and eventually a persistent ache that grows more severe with time, culminating in pain when eating once an infection develops. Unless treated quickly, this infection could mean the loss of your tooth!

Prevention and Treatment

When you experience pain in your tooth, see us right away. With a dental filling, we can use a lifelike composite resin to repair the affected area of the tooth, removing decay and protecting the impacted portion. The treatment only takes one visit to complete, and halts the progression of tooth decay. If the tooth becomes infected, then we may need a root canal to remove the infected tissue and cap the tooth with a natural-looking crown. To prevent cavities, be sure to consume fewer sugary foods and drinks, and see us for exams and cleanings every six months. At home, take time to brush twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste and floss before bed each night. With the right steps, you can keep your smile healthy and comfortable!


At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, we know that sudden and prolonged pain in your smile is a cause for concern. If you have questions about treating discomfort, you can reach our East El Paso dental practice on 10039 Dyer St., at 915-859-7000!