Why Do We Get Toothaches?


toothache can be a persistent and uncomfortable issue. At some point in our lives, we all develop a toothache. However, toothaches are often the first indicators of serious dental health issues. In fact, if you experience a toothache that persists after 48 hours, you should see your Ankeny IA dentist, Dr. Erika Peddicord, right away.

Ankeny IA Toothache Quiz

1. True or False: A toothache can be a warning sign of a serious dental problem.

2. True or False: Toothaches have multiple causes.

3. True or False: A dental filling can address a cavity.

4. True or False: Some patients may require a dental crown to repair advanced decay.

Answer Key

1. True. Most dental health issues first make themselves known with a frequent toothache or tooth sensitivity. Your toothache could be the first warning sign of a cavity, an infection, or even a dental abscess. So, if you notice a toothache that continues unabated after 48 hours, you should see your Ankeny IA dentist right away.

2. True. In addition to tooth decay or dental infection, a toothache could be caused by trauma, sinus infection, bruxism (teeth grinding), or a tooth fracture.

3. True. In most cases, your Ankeny IA dentist will address a cavity using a lifelike and metal-free composite filling. Made using a composite resin, our composite fillings can be shaded to blend seamlessly with your smile, providing years of strong and natural looking restoration.

4. True. For patients with advanced decay, a dental crown may be necessary to return the tooth to full function and health. A crown is designed using dental impressions and placed over the visible portion of your tooth.

About Peddicord Family Dentistry

Dr. Erika Peddicord earned her DDS degree from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and opened Peddicord Family Dental in 2009. Her enthusiasm for building lasting relationships with her patients and her dedication to oral health set her apart as an outstanding family and cosmetic dentist. New and returning patients can schedule an appointment with Dr. Peddicord at our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office by calling (515) 963-3339. We proudly serve patients and families in Bondurant, Polk City, Elkhart, Alleman, and Cambridge.