What Causes A Toothache?

Saturday, January 30th, 2016, 8:42 pm

Toothache pain always seems to start at the worst time — and it can feel unbearable. What causes toothache pain?

Toothache pain can be caused by several things. Here are the most common causes for toothache pain:

  • Tooth decay – A deep cavity can easily cause toothache pain. Schedule an appointment for a filling right away because tooth decay will not heal on its own.
  • Abscessed tooth – Teeth become abscessed as a result of another oral health condition, such as tooth decay, that has gone untreated and the ensuing infection can be very painful. Swelling and fever may accompany an abscessed tooth. This is a serious medical condition and cannot be ignored. Seek treatment from a dentist as soon as possible before the infection spreads.
  • Cracked tooth – Teeth can become cracked because of a poor bite, trauma to the mouth or biting down on something hard. Treatment for a cracked tooth will depend upon the size and location of the crack. Root canal therapy may be suggested to save the tooth but severe cracks may result in tooth loss.
  • Gum disease – When gums become inflamed and swollen they may cause oral pain that feels similar to toothache. Regular brushing and flossing can prevent this from happening.
  • Wisdom teeth – These teeth cause all sorts of problems when they come in usually in the late teenage years. Many times the wisdom teeth are crooked in the jaw (impacted), and most people’s mouths simply don’t have room for these extra teeth. Add to these problems the fact that they are almost impossible to keep clean due to their location at the back of the mouth and you can understand why wisdom teeth are typically removed.
  • TMJ or jaw problems – The jaw joint is very complex and a host of issues can cause jaw joint dysfunction. Pain from the jaw can feel exactly like a toothache.
  • Sinus and allergy issues – That toothache may not be coming from your mouth after all. If you have an infection the Maxillary sinuses that are located inside your cheek bones can get clogged. This traps bacteria and can cause a toothache usually in the upper molars.

Oral pain like toothache should never be ignored. Small problems can quickly get worse leaving you needing more complex and expensive treatment. As always, prevention is the best way to protect yourself from toothache pain.

If you have a painful tooth please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777. Make sure you let us know that you are experiencing pain so that we can get you scheduled quickly.


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Category: cavities, Decay, gum disease, Root canals

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