I Have a Sore Tooth: Do I Need to See the Dentist? By Daniel Whiteman D.M.D. on December 15, 2023

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If you’ve always had sensitive teeth, you might feel pain after biting into a popsicle. If it goes away, you can likely ignore it – and be careful what you eat in the future. A persistent toothache or newly sensitive teeth, however, could be a sign something is wrong. To put it another way: If you have a painful tooth, you’re probably wondering whether you should go to the dentist. In this blog post, we’ll cover some causes of pain that would make it wise to visit our Brookline, MA, dental office.


Cavities form when the outer portion of a tooth has become decayed. When the protective enamel is compromised, patients can experience pain as the condition becomes more serious.

Dental Damage

Sometimes we chip our teeth and the only thing we feel is a sharp edge with our tongue. In other cases, a chip or fracture is so deep that it affects the nerve and results in pain.

Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is something that a huge number of us do under times of stress. Habitual, untreated teeth grinding, however, may not go away on its own. Over time, it can produce tiny hairline fractures on the molars. Even without producing these types of cracks, grinding can place increased pressure on the nerves of our teeth and produce discomfort.

Gum Disease

Gum disease or periodontal disease can produce discomfort in several ways. In some cases, patients at our Brookline office experience gum recession. When the roots of the teeth become exposed, it can be very painful.

Root Canal Infection

One of the most classic symptoms of a root canal infection is a toothache. Similar to a cavity, this means that harmful bacteria have entered the tooth’s protective outer layer. However, the infection reaches the inner portion of the tooth where the nerve is located. This can produce excruciating pain in advanced stages.

We Treat Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can happen anytime and anywhere. When you reach out to our practice, we’ll see you as soon as we can. We treat urgent situations seriously and will do everything we can to promptly restore your health and comfort.

Managing Symptoms at Home

Until you come in to see us, you can take several measures to minimize your discomfort:

  • Take over-the-counter pain medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen
  • Apply a cold pack to your cheek or jaw
  • Elevate your head to reduce swelling, if you have any
  • Be careful to only eat very soft foods, such as yogurt and scrambled eggs

Same-Day Treatment Is Available

Many types of dental damage and pain, such as a cracked tooth, can be treated with a dental crown. We’re proud to use CEREC technology whenever we can to provide same-day restorations. Rather than wait two or more weeks for a custom dental crown, we can design and mill your crown right in our office while you wait. Once it’s complete, we can attach the permanent crown for near-instant relief.

Schedule a Consultation

If you’re experiencing a toothache or any other type of oral pain, our Brookline team can help. There’s no reason to suffer. Reach out to our practice by emailing us today to set up an appointment.

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