Tooth Pain

LaSante Health Center

Multi-Specialty Health Clinic located in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, NY

Tooth pain affects everyone at some point. Almost 100% of adults and 60-90% of all children worldwide have tooth decay that may cause pain or long-term damage. The leading dentistry providers at LaSante Health Center in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens area of Brooklyn offer thorough dental care services to treat tooth decay and get rid of tooth pain for good. Book a consultation through the online scheduling tool or call the New York City practice today.

Tooth Pain Q & A

What causes tooth pain?

Tooth pain occurs when the central part of the tooth, or the pulp, becomes inflamed. The pulp is where the nerve endings are, and they’re susceptible to pain. It can become inflamed for many reasons. Here’s a closer look at some of them.

Damaged filling

A damaged filling exposes the tooth beneath. It allows food and debris to get inside the tooth and irritate or infect the pulp.

Loose crown

A crown covers a damaged tooth. If it becomes loose, bacteria can get under the crown. The tooth can become infected, which causes nerve pain.

Fractured tooth

A fractured tooth is cracked or split. The fracture allows food and bacteria to get into the tooth, which infects the pulp and nerves.


Cavities are one of the most common reasons for tooth pain. They occur when damage to the hard outer layer of the tooth grows large enough to become a hole.

Tooth abscess

An abscess consists of bacteria and pus. It occurs when the pulp inside a tooth dies, leaving a “pocket” where the abscess sits.

Your dental provider identifies what’s causing the pain so they can provide the most suitable patient care.

What symptoms accompany tooth pain?

Tooth pain is characteristic in that you feel throbbing pain when you apply pressure to the affected tooth. Depending on what’s causing the tooth pain, you may experience other symptoms too, including: 

  • Swelling in the gum and cheek around the tooth
  • Sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Bleeding from the gum around the tooth
  • Pus or fluid from the gum around the tooth
  • Pain when chewing
  • Sharp pain when you eat something sweet
  • Sharp pain when you bite
  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Unpleasant smell in the mouth
  • Redness
  • Fever

Your dentist at LaSante Health Center examines your tooth and may use X-rays to make sure your symptoms relate only to your tooth pain and aren’t a sign of something else.

How does a dentist treat tooth pain?

Your dentist chooses a treatment plan based on what caused your tooth pain and how advanced the damage. It may include:

  • Injections for pain relief
  • Antibiotics
  • Extraction
  • Filling
  • Root canal therapy
  • Crown

Tooth pain can be debilitating. It gets worse the longer you leave it. LaSante Health Center can offer relief from tooth pain. Call the practice to make an appointment or book through the website.