“Is it a Cavity?”

Woman Getting a Dental Checkup

Or something else…

While most people think a toothache automatically means a cavity (or the need for a root canal), several other conditions can also cause temperature sensitivity, pain during chewing, and other symptoms typically associated with a toothache. Here are some of those causes:

  • Gum Recession. When patients experience gum recession (which can be caused by periodontal disease, genetics, or neglect) the root surfaces of teeth are exposed. This part of the tooth can be very sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, similar to a cavity.
  • New Dental Work. Sometimes, when you’ve just recently had a cavity filling or other dental work, it will be sensitive for a while afterward. This is reaction is normal and will usually correct itself. Contact us if you feel ongoing pain or sensitivity.
  • Malocclusion. When teeth alignment is disrupted, opposing teeth may strike too hard or cause grinding. This usually happens because a missing tooth has not been replaced, and the surrounding teeth have drifted and shifted out of position.
  • Bruxism (clenching or grinding). People with bruxism place extreme pressures on their teeth, sometimes without even being aware of the condition. It may happen during sleep, or subconsciously during the day. In either case, this habit can weaken tooth enamel and cause teeth to become hypersensitive.

Always pay attention to what your body is telling you. If you feel ongoing pain, sensitivity, or something unusual going on in your mouth, then contact us to find out the cause and learn the best way to treat it!

About Dr. Jayson A. Chalmers

Jayson Chalmers was raised in Placerville, CA and graduated from El Dorado High School. He received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley. He went on to receive his dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco. After practicing as an associate dentist in Napa, CA, Dr. Chalmers returned to Sacramento to be closer to friends and family. He began practicing in his current location in January 2005.   Knowing that patients want to have the best options and treatment available to them, Dr. Chalmers has completed many hours of advanced educational training in general, implant, orthodontic, and cosmetic dentistry. He continues to learn and incorporate many of the latest dental technologies in his practice. Through the use of intraoral cameras, digital x-rays and computer imaging he can immediately show and explain all treatment options to the patient.   Dr. Chalmers is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Sacramento District Dental Society, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and is involved in local dental study groups. Dr. Chalmers also is an active participant in Smiles for Kids, where free dental services are provided to local children in need.   Dr. Chalmers and his wife, Desirae, are the parents of Ella and Ava. They are an outgoing family and are very involved in the Arden-Arcade community. As a family, they enjoy tending to their chickens and organic garden, splashing around in the pool and traveling to beachside locations. Dr. Chalmers personal interests include camping and fishing and watching and playing most sports.


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