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Take That Toothache Seriously Elk Grove, CA
A woman with dental pain during a dental appointment.

What any dentist wants you to know is that a toothache is the symptom of a severe underlying cause. The teeth are unique features of the body in that each tooth is a living feature. Each tooth has its own specific root system, nerves, and direct blood supply. When there is damage or infection present within a tooth, it is susceptible to dying and causing a whole host of severe oral issues.

What do the following have in common?

  • A cavity
  • A cracked tooth
  • Gum recession
  • An infected tooth
  • An abscess
  • A dying tooth

Answer: The first symptom of each is a toothache.

All of your teeth work together to support one another and the jaw bone, giving structure to your facial appearance. Ignoring pain in a single tooth can cause the death of that tooth to occur. When a tooth dies, it will either fall out or need to be removed by your dentist to prevent infection and decay from spreading to the neighboring teeth. But, the loss of just one tooth will compromise your entire mouth. The teeth must be fully intact to support each other and the jaw bone. When only one tooth is missing, the jaw bone will weaken, and the stability of the remaining teeth will be compromised.

From the list above, you can easily see that some causes of toothache are more serious than others. Yet, even a mild issue such as a dental cavity needs to be addressed by your dentist before it turns into a severe problem that causes you great pain and expense. It is crucial that you contact your dentist right away. Do not think that you can wait until your next dental appointment – unless that appointment is less than a week away. Infection and decay can develop and spread rapidly, so putting off an appointment will only cause you more trouble in the long run.

At Ora Dentistry, we want to help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health. We proudly provide comprehensive dentistry services. If you have any type of toothache, please take it seriously and contact our practice for the next available appointment.

Posted on behalf of Ora Dentistry

2733 Elk Grove Blvd, Suite 180
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Phone: (916) 975-1000


Monday - Thursday 7:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 7:00am - 4:00pm


Cynthia B.

Very confused by the website and advertising as an after hour/emergency dental service. I broke a tooth this evening and was looking for emergency dental services for the earliest appointment. I called and a receptionist/operator picked up on a Friday evening close to 8 p.m. and said that the emergency dental service was only for existing patients. That isn't on the website and in fact, the top line on the website states if you need emergency dental care , call. Don't mind that they aren't able to see me, but the operator needs a better script when explaining their services and should also provide better service or don't be an after hour receptionist. She also never asked me if I WAS an existing patient. Would love to give no stars, but I can't post unless I pick one. UPDATE: So wasn't expecting the owner of the practice to call me. I spoke with Dr. Dalla and he explained in detail their policies and calmed my anxiety regarding my broken tooth.. I appreciate that he is a business owner that pays attention to what is being said about his practice and would take the time to follow up. I may have found a new dentist.

Abida G.

I’ve been searching for a dental office for my special needs daughter for a long time. I called many offices explaining her situation that she had Autism and anxiety and I was told they didn’t see special needs kids. I came across Ora Dentistry through my google search and gave them a call explained to them my situation and they told me they’d be happy to see her. We scheduled an appointment. On the day of the appointment I called again and explained her situation and told them she would like her sister and mom to be there for support due to her anxiety and they were totally accommodating and that put me at ease. We got to our appointment and were greeted by Bridgette she was AMAZING with my daughter she made her feel SUPER comfortable through out the entire process! I’ve never seen my daughter so calm and relaxed. When the doctor came in to do his exam on her he too was beyond nice and again made my daughter feel at ease. I really have to thank Ora dentistry for their excellent service! If you have a special needs child this is the place to go! Highly recommend it!

Steve F.

Two years ago I visited this office to assess the viability of getting an implant for a lost tooth. On that first visit Dr. Dalla had x-rays taken, made the assessment, provided me with options, including performing an implant on a lost back molar. I consented, and right then and there, he performed the actual implant and gave me a return appointment to insure all was healing well. Then, 3 months later, he fitted me with the abutment and took impressions for the crown. Two weeks after that the crown was installed. Not only was the work done in record time, but it has been the best fitting crown I've ever had, and I've had 18 crowns in my lifetime of 68 years. This was my second implant. My first implant was by another dental office and does not come close to compare with Dr. Dalla's work. His implant and crown feel like healthy, natural teeth, and in fact, I chew most of my food using that new "molar." I wish I would have gone to him long ago. By far the best around. He is a perfectionist, and is demanding of himself. Just what you should want in someone performing your dental work. Highest recommendations!

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2733 Elk Grove Blvd, Suite 180
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Phone: (916) 975-1000

Opening Times:

Monday - Thursday 7:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 7:00am - 4:00pm