Does an Aching Tooth Mean Tooth Decay?

February 28, 2019

If you have pain in your tooth, should you see the dentist? While multiple factors could cause pain, tooth decay does often lead to persistent pain or sensitivity. As a result, treatment is often necessary to prevent complications, such as infection or abscess. In today’s blog, we’re talking about when Olathe, KS, residents should seek treatment for their aching tooth.

Toothaches and Tooth Decay

For patients attending routine six-month exams and cleanings, we will often spot the indicators of tooth decay before you experience any discomfort. However, for those not attending these routine visits, a cavity that forms will continue to grow and spread until the person develops painful sensitivity or aches, which don’t pass after a few hours. Persistent pain could mean advanced decay and a greater risk of dental infection. Causes of cavities vary, but the most frequent factor is poor oral hygiene, which enables plaque buildup accumulate and weakens the protective layers of tooth decay. Injuries, such as cracks or chips, could also lead to tooth decay.


If you have persistent toothaches and we find the presence of a cavity, then we may offer treatment with a dental filling. Made from composite resin, a metal-free material that can be shaded to match the color of the tooth, the filling stops the progression of decay and protects the tooth from further cavities or reinfection. Placement only takes one visit to complete, allowing you to return to work or school the same day with a healthier smile.


What if the cavity has progressed to a more substantial stage? In these scenarios, we may opt for a dental crown. The crown covers the tooth’s visible portions, offering repair for serious damage or even infection. We will custom-make them using lifelike materials, ensuring your newly repaired tooth looks natural.

Avoiding Toothaches

Taking steps to avoid decay means reducing the risk of painful aches in the future. We suggest cutting back on sugary foods and drinks, brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing every bight, and making time to see us every six months for a checkup and dental cleaning. These simple steps help protect your smile from cavities, as well as gingivitis and gum disease. If you have any questions about toothaches, cavities, or fillings and crowns, then contact our team today.

Do You Have a Toothache?

If you suffer from pain or sensitivity in one or more of your teeth, then please let us know. To schedule a consultation and discuss our approach to preventive and restorative dental care, call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Edgerton, Shawnee, Johnson County, and all surrounding communities.