Top Causes of Toothaches
If you’ve been experiencing a toothache, we feel your pain. The type of pain brought on when a tooth is distressed can make you feel absolutely miserable, which is why it’s important to figure out the root of the pain and get the proper treatment so you can feel better as quickly as possible.
Many people mistakenly believe that the only symptom of a toothache is, well, the actual ache. While sharp, throbbing or constant tooth pain is certainly a symptom, it’s not the only one. Other symptoms may include:
- Pain resulting only when pressure is applied to the tooth
- Swelling around the tooth
- A foul taste in the mouth caused by drainage from the infected tooth
There are a variety of possible causes of toothaches, including:
- Tooth Decay – Tooth decay is actually the most common reason for a painful toothache. However, for the tooth and the surrounding area to be in pain, the tooth decay would need to be significant enough to reach the inner layer of the tooth (the dentin). When this has happened, the tooth becomes very sensitive and a cavity has formed.
- Abscessed Tooth – When tooth decay advances to the point of affecting the root beneath the visible part of the tooth, there’s a high probability that the root and the surrounding tissue have become infected, resulting in widespread, pulsating pain.
- Tooth Fracture – Teeth can be cracked or chipped in many different ways. If you’re experiencing pain in a fractured tooth, the fracture has made its way to the middle of the tooth where the nerve endings are. Note that this may not happen as soon as the tooth is damaged, but can develop over time as the damage becomes worse.
- Damaged Filling – A dental filling protects vulnerable parts of a tooth and, when it becomes damaged, the sensitive parts of the tooth are exposed to extreme temperatures, food particles and bacteria. This can result in pain that can be anywhere from dull to sharp.
- Grinding Teeth – Teeth grinding is a common cause of tooth pain and can lead to sore jaw bones and joints, headaches and even cracked or chipped teeth.
While this isn’t an exhaustive list of toothache causes, these are some of the most common ones.
Why You Should See Your Dentist Immediately
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms described above, call your dentist immediately. A quick and simple exam can identify the specific cause of your toothache and enable your dentist to determine the appropriate treatment options – and get you on the quickest road to pain relief for your toothache!
The worst thing you can do is to try to wait it out to see if the pain will go away. How long a toothache will last depends on many factors but, even if the toothache subsides, it was there for a reason in the first place and will likely come back at some point. Don’t let dental anxiety prevent you from getting help!
The bottom line is, if you put off going to the dentist and don’t start treating the underlying cause, a simple problem can quickly escalate into a larger, more complicated one.
If you don’t have a dentist, request an appointment at a Dental Depot office near you today! No matter which location you go to in our dental practice, you can rest assured you’ll receive high-quality care and treatment from our professionally trained, compassionate staff.