What Tooth Pain Can Mean

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Suffering with tooth pain is never pleasant, and it is an indication that your oral health needs some attention. Dr. Chung can give you a full evaluation and customized treatment plan to address the course of your dental pain.

Sharp Pain When Biting

This kind of pain usually means that you have a cracked tooth. A visit to the dentist is the best way to resolve this issue.

Depending on the damage to your tooth, Dr. Chung will use a tooth-colored filling or crown to fill the cracked tooth and prevent pressure from irritating the area.

Pain From Sweet or Cold

If you're experiencing pain from sweet foods or cold drinks or cold air, then you likely have tooth decay. Erosion of tooth enamel by the acid in your mouth results in cavities, which can make your affected teeth sensitive to sweet and cold.

Dr. Chung can evaluate the extent of your tooth decay and determine whether you will benefit from a filling or another treatment option.

Pain From Heat

Heat sensitivity can indicate damage to the nerve in your tooth. To solve this problem, you'll want to visit the dentist for endodontic treatment, commonly called root canal.

When decay spreads into the pulp of your tooth, the nerve will eventually die. This will make your toothache disappear, but the problem will only persist if you don't see your dentist for treatment.

Pain in a Broken Tooth

A broken or chipped tooth that hurts can indicate that you've inflamed the nerve because it is too close to your tooth's surface and subject to bacteria and irritants. Your dentist will use a porcelain tooth crown or other treatment to replace the missing area and protect the pulp of your tooth.

Strong Pain for No Obvious Reason

If pain in your tooth starts for no obvious reason, you may have an abscess. Abscesses result from poor dental health and lack of good dental care. Untreated cavities allow bacteria to grow and spread into your gums and adjacent areas.

Dental abscesses are serious medical conditions. You should visit your dentist right away if you suspect you have an abscess. Dr. Chung will perform a thorough evaluation and examination of your dental health, then recommend appropriate treatment.

If you are suffering from tooth pain, please call Softouch Dental Care at 703-319-6990 for a consultation with an experienced dentist who serves patients in Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia.

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“Dr. Chung is the best, he has cared for me for over 15 years. He is always available. He has been attentive and taken care of all my issues before they were painful or bad. He has helped me with a good program for taking care of my teeth and they are beautiful. I receive complements about my pretty teeth and smile. The staff is attentive to detail they have prevented the things we dread. I have great respect for his care and his opinions and so happy to have found him.”

– Patricia Debearn

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