Medford Tooth Pain Dentist

Learn the causes and treatments of dental pain

Do your teeth hurt?

Toothaches are no fun. When something is wrong with your tooth (or teeth), you may feel sharp, throbbing, or constant pain in or around a tooth. In some instances, patients feel discomfort only when pressure is applied to the painful tooth.

If you’re experiencing symptoms such as a fever, a headache, any kind of tooth pain, or foul-tasting drainage from the infected tooth, consult a dentist immediately. However, regardless of whether it’s just a single, sharp jolt of pain upon pressure, or a long-lasting, dull pain in the mouth, it’s important to seek help from our experienced and professional dentist.

Dr. Catt and our friendly team are available to help you today! Whether you need treatment for severe toothache, are looking to prevent future tooth pain, or want to learn more about effective toothache prevention strategies, talk to us. We have the expertise, time, and modern treatment options to help you achieve and maintain a healthy, pain-free smile.

Request an appointment today to get started.

What causes toothaches?

Cavity/Tooth Decay

Cavities are by far the most common causes of toothaches. When substances such as sugary tidbits stay on your teeth, they begin to work away at the enamel surrounding your teeth, drilling a hole that grows deeper as time goes on. Poor oral hygiene habits contribute to cavities, which leads to tooth pain.

Abscessed Tooth

An abscessed tooth refers to an infection inside the tooth, and occurs when a cavity reaches the center of your tooth (the soft “pulp chamber), or after a tooth is chipped or damaged in some other way. This can result in:


  • Swollen gums
  • An infected root
  • Bone loss at the site of the infection
  • Severe pain inside the mouth

Other Risk Factors

While cavities and tooth infections remain the most common causes of toothache, they are not the only contributors. Gum disease, injury/trauma to the tooth, the emergence of wisdom teeth, teeth grinding/bruxism, and having an abnormal bite can all contribute to debilitating tooth pain.

What happens when I get my toothache checked?

Here at our Rogue Valley office, we’ll help you get out of pain fast. We’ll ask about your medical history, conduct an exam, and take x-rays. You’ll be asked questions about where the pain is located, how severe it is, when the pain started, what makes the pain worse, and what makes it feel better.

All these questions help us help you better.


Possible treatments for toothaches include:
  • Dental fillings (if the cause of the toothache is due to the presence of cavities)
  • Root canals (only recommended if the pain is caused by an infection of the tooth’s nerve)
  • Antibiotic prescriptions (for fever or swelling of the jaw)

Ignoring your toothache?

Here’s why that’s not a good idea.

Tooth pain is a signal to your body that something is wrong with your teeth.

Oral health issues such as an abscessed tooth or a cavity will not get better on their own.

Waiting to address a problem often leads to more pain and larger, more expensive treatments.

How can I prevent a toothache?

Most toothaches result from tooth decay. Following good oral hygiene practices drastically lowers the chances of experiencing tooth pain. Flossing and brushing your teeth every day and going to the dentist for regular dental checkups and teeth cleaning services keeps your teeth clean and healthy. Eating less sugary or sticky foods can also help.

Why do teeth hurt so much?

Even though your tooth looks and feels hard, the pulp inside the tooth is filled with nerves, tissues, and blood vessels. Those nerves are extremely sensitive; when they are irritated by bacteria or infections, they can cause severe pain.

What Our Patients Are Saying

“I’m allergic to pain. That’s one thing you don’t get with Dr. Catt. He has a totally pain free working environment.”


Our focus on comfort and personalized, results-driven dentistry

Dr. Catt has 20+ years under his belt of providing patient-focused, high-tech dental care to people of all ages. He has always been passionate about building long-lasting relationships with individual patients and families. His focus on personalized, comfortable care has helped Dr. Catt over his decades of practice to build a reputation as one of the most trusted dentists in the Rogue Valley.

We’re focused on your comfort and lifelong dental and overall health. We’re always accepting new patients by referral, and we’re excited to welcome you into the family.

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Insurance Information

Believe it or not, we LOVE working with insurance companies. We will fight to make sure you get the coverage you deserve.
We’re happy to help you understand your dental insurance coverage, discuss the expected cost of your treatment, and the payment options available to you.

No dental insurance? No problem.

Our team is committed to helping you navigate any obstacles that may be keeping you from achieving excellent dental health. We offer layaway, CareCredit, and financing options to all our patients.


Our Rogue Valley Office


3546 Lone Pine Rd
Medford, OR 97504
Get Directions


(541) 772-8846


Mon – Thurs: 8AM – 5PM
Fri: By appointment only
Sat – Sun: Closed

Dr. Catt is Welcoming New Patients By Referral

We can’t wait to improve your smile through personalized and high-tech cosmetic dental care.

Call (541) 772-8846 to schedule.