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Creative Dimensions in Dentistry

Dentists located in Castro Valley, CA & San Leandro, CA

Toothache Specialist

“Ache” may seem like an understatement when you’ve got a painful tooth. The dentists and other members of the care team at Creative Dimensions in Dentistry, located in Castro Valley and San Leandro, California, understand just how painful a toothache can be. When you call requesting an urgent appointment, they do their best to see you quickly and resolve your pain as well as the underlying issue causing your toothache.

Toothache Q&A

What is a toothache?

Toothache is a general term used to describe pain that occurs in or around a tooth. Initially, it can be a mild ache that comes and goes. If left untreated, however, whatever is causing the discomfort usually progresses or worsens over time. This can leave you with significant pain that may be throbbing or constant in nature.

Although some home remedies may help decrease your discomfort, moderate to severe tooth pain rarely responds well to warm compresses and over-the-counter analgesics. To avoid the kind of pain that causes you to consider pulling the offending tooth out yourself, it’s best to see your dentist at the first hint of trouble whenever possible.  

What usually causes a toothache?

Toothaches are often related to decay infecting the inner structures of your tooth. Your teeth are comprised of several layers of tissue:

  • Enamel, which is the hard surface you see above the gum line
  • The dentin, a second layer that’s softer than enamel and somewhat sensitive
  • The pulp that lives at the center of your tooth and is very sensitive
  • The cementum, another hard, inner layer below your gum line that protects the nerve root

Plaque that builds up on the outermost layer of your tooth contains bacteria that can erode the enamel and create a “cavity.” This allows bacteria to access the sensitive inner layers of your teeth, where they continue their destructive efforts and create the pain you experience during a toothache.  

What else can cause a toothache?

Other causes of tooth pain include:

  • An abscessed tooth
  • A fractured tooth that exposes the sensitive dentin or pulp and sometimes causes pain every time you chew
  • Dental work that’s irritated the nerve
  • Gum disease such as gingivitis
  • Teeth clenching or grinding
  • Exposed root surfaces responding to cold or heat

Many patients are surprised to discover that a sinus infection (sinusitis) can also cause tooth pain. Your upper molar roots are naturally quite close to the maxillary sinus cavities. Inflammation in the sinuses can cause discomfort in these molars that feels like a toothache.

Your Creative Dimensions dentist first determines the cause of your tooth pain and then creates a customized treatment plan that’s designed to relieve your pain and restore your oral health.


We accept the majority of dental insurance plans. Please call our office if you do not see yours listed or have any other questions.

We are preferred providers for Delta Dental Premier and Cigna.

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Words from our patients

  • "Excellent service. I would most definitely recommend Creative Dimensions in Dentistry. Very professional, informative about what is being done and very friendly."

    Delanie A.
  • "A textbook example of how a dental office visit should be. Geraldine is a great hygienist, both pleasant and extremely competent..."

    Verified Patient
  • "I absolutely love going to Creative Dimensions! Everyone there is so welcoming and make you feel like a part of the family! My family and I have been coming here..."

    Teodorie R.
  • "Been coming here for a number of years and have always felt nothing but professionalism, great dental care and very friendly staff. I would highly recommend CDD."

    Gail B.
  • "I've been going here for my entire life. They take great care of me and my teeth, and now my children's, too. They go above and beyond to address my concerns."

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  • "As a long-time patient of Creative Dimensions, I feel is the best dental experience I have ever had."

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  • "Staff is very Professional and Courteous. They provide Great Dental Care. I also brought my son to this Dentistry."

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  • "I've been with Creative Dimensions for over 15 years now and wouldn't ever think of going any place else for my dental needs...they simply are the best."

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  • "I always have a good experience with Chris at the Castro Valley office. I feel she always does a great job cleaning my teeth. She is my favorite hygienist!"

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  • "Absolutely love this place. I feel that their attention to detail and level of professionalism is outstanding. They have awesome people and up to date technology."

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  • "I had a great experience yesterday! I arrived early. They took me right in! Got X-rays, dental exam, and my cleaning done in under 40 minutes!"

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  • "we have been going there for 10 years this coming November. excellent work, friendly professional staff, always feel comfortable no matter the procedure."

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  • "I've been going here for years so I'm surprised to get this now. I've always liked the service here whether it's a cleaning, consultation or dental work."

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  • "I love this dentist and dentist office. Accommodating, personable, and friendly. I can't say anything but good things about I and my son's experience there."

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