Nagging Toothache? Cavities, Cracks, Chips, Erosion Could Be the Cause

Dec 29th, 2017 | By | Category: Blog

Woman holding jaw because of toothache

Have you recently found it difficulty to chew on one side of your mouth? Are you experiencing shooting pain after drinking something hot or cold, or eating a sugar-filled treat? If you find yourself nodding in agreement to these questions, it is possible you have something going on below the surface of your tooth and you should book an appointment with your dentist immediately.

Your tooth pain may be the result of a cavity, a small crack, gum disease, or simply be from enamel erosion. Knowing the cause will allow the dentist to treat it effectively. Once the tooth enamel has been compromised, your oral health is in jeopardy. A nagging toothache could grow into intense pain, and even result in tooth loss. The sooner you treat it, the greater your chances of preserving your natural tooth.

Dr. Denes provides both preventative and restorative care to help patients maintain their pearly whites for as long as possible. To book your appointment at our Fresno, CA dental office, contact us online or give us a call at 559-297-1294.

Enamel Erosion

Enamel erosion is one of the first stages of tooth decay and can happen from any number of reasons. When food particles remain on the surface of teeth, they turn into plaque that over time will start to eat away and weaken teeth. Enamel erosion can also occur from teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Mild to moderate dental sensitivity is usually the first sign of weakened enamel. When caught in it’s earliest stages, enamel erosion can sometimes be reversed through remineralization treatments. Or dental sealants can be placed over the teeth to protect them from further damage.


If enamel erosion continues to spread, it will cause small holes and crevices in the surface of the tooth known as cavities. While these can range in size and depth, the first sign of something going on is increased dental sensitivity and tooth pain. Some may experience sharp shooting pain, while others may experience dull pain that radiates throughout the face. Once a cavity is present, it will only continue to worsen with time. The only way to repair the tooth is with a dental filling. If the cavity penetrates into the deeper underlying layers, a dental crown may be necessary. In more severe cases, a root canal or extraction is recommended..

Cracks and Chips

Cracks and chips in teeth can occur from trauma, teeth grinding, decay, or even from silver amalgam fillings. Chipped teeth not only ruin the aesthetics of your smile, but can affect your bite, resulting in tooth pain and other oral health issues. The treatment recommended will depend on the severity of the fracture. For mild to moderate cases, a dental filling may be necessary. If more than 50 percent of the tooth is affected, a dental crown may be recommended. During this treatment, the tooth is reshaped and a customized artificial tooth made from porcelain is cemented to the damaged tooth to reinforce its structural integrity.

Have Tooth Pain?

If you are currently experiencing a toothache, you don’t have to remain in pain or depend on pain relievers to numb the issue. Please contact our Fresno, CA office today to repair your tooth. You can contact us online or call 559-297-1294.

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