Dr. Victor Truong, DDS

6200 Center Street,
Ste I and J
Clayton, CA 94517
(925) 219-3939
(925) 270-0615
9AM - 6PM
9AM - 6PM
8AM - 5PM

Why Does My Tooth Hurt?

Dental pain is no laughing matter.

The scariest part about a toothache is that it may be hard to tell exactly what's causing it. If you don't know where the pain is coming from, then you don't know when or how to treat it.

At The Grove Family Dentistry, we take your dental discomfort seriously. Dr. Truong will thoroughly examine your smile and discover the problem at its source. You probably don't want to wait until then to find out what it is, though.

Here are some common possible causes of dental pain or sudden toothaches: 


Tooth decay is probably the number one cause of toothaches. Some cavities are noticeable in the mirror while others are more subtle. Either way, pain is a sure sign the tooth needs attention.

Fractured Enamel

Many tooth fractures go unnoticed for years. Pain could be from a recent bump to the mouth or from an old filling that's leaking. 


Sometimes, sensitivity can be quite severe. Fortunately, it's easily treated in the dental chair. Sudden changes should always be addressed. 


TMD or “TMJD” is the acronym for temporomandibular joint disorder, meaning a problem with your TMJ. Jaw pain will affect everything from chewing to yawning and should definitely not be ignored.

Impacted Teeth

Wisdom teeth are commonly the culprits in a case of impaction. When a tooth doesn't grow straight out of the gums, it can push into the tooth next to it and cause a consistent or off-and-on discomfort.

No matter what the problem is, there's a place at The Grove for every member of your family. So the next time you find tooth pain interrupting your life, call us to schedule a visit with Dr. Truong.


Posted on behalf of Dr. Victor Truong, DDS


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