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What Can Cause A Toothache?

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Because dental discomfort is typically known as a common concern, it's not surprising that many individuals have suffered from a toothache at some point in their life. The pain associated with toothaches varies, and it can often be a symptom of an underlying problem. Determining the root cause of a toothache should be left to our professionals. Our experienced dental team has the skills necessary to examine patients, make a diagnosis, and decide the best way to treat teeth that are causing pain for our patients. If a toothache persists for two days or more, consider scheduling a dental exam as soon as possible.


COMMON CAUSES OF A TOOTHACHE
While tooth decay is typically considered the root initiator of dental discomfort, there are some other concerns that may contribute to this symptom too, including oral sensitivity, a cracked tooth, allergies, or infection. Some toothaches can be caused by teeth whitening. Generally, this type of toothache is temporary and caused by the irritation of dental nerves by the active ingredient present in whitening formulas. Damaged teeth can also cause serious discomfort, as well as a host of other oral issues. Our dental professionals offer emergency dental care to reduce your pain and successfully restore your tooth. Certain seemingly unrelated illnesses (like a sinus infection) may also lead to a buildup of pressure in the sinus cavities, which can cause temporary toothaches that persist until the infection is resolved. A dental abscess, which is usually caused by untreated tooth decay, can also lead to severe tooth pain. A root canal or extraction is typically required to resolve this dental problem and restore your oral health.


SYMPTOMS OF A TOOTHACHE
Some of the most common indications of a toothache are constant or infrequent oral pain, high body temperature, headaches, swelling in the gumline, and foul-tasting drainage from the tooth. It’s important to visit our team as soon as possible about a toothache that has lasted several days and is accompanied by an earache, fever, or pain when opening the mouth wide.


HOW TO TREAT A TOOTHACHE
Completing an overall assessment and asking about your medical past is the most effective method to figure out the toothache's main cause and relieve it. We will learn about the location of your pain, when it started, the severity of your discomfort, what makes the feeling worse, and determine if anything can momentarily soothe it. We will also examine your mouth, gums, teeth, jaw, tongue, and throat thoroughly. Taking an x-ray will allow us to examine the interior of the teeth to look for any possible decay that may be causing this pain. Some effective solutions we offer at our offices to resolve a toothache include fillings, extractions, or root canal therapy. Fillings are used to restore a tooth after the decayed portion is removed.


HOW TO PREVENT A TOOTHACHE
Typically, the easiest approach to avoid toothaches is to keep up with a faithful at-home dental hygiene routine. Regular brushing and flossing can help prevent the buildup of plaque, which is considered the leading cause of tooth decay. We suggest that our patients brush at least twice a day and floss once daily. Using a fluoridated toothpaste will also contribute to the strengthening of your enamel. A cavity-fighting mouthwash will help control plaque and prevent cavities as well. Annual examinations and biannual cleanings can also help ensure that dental problems are corrected sooner rather than later. This allows our professionals to look for potential problems before they become a toothache. A healthy diet has also been proven to help prevent tooth decay. Foods that are full of calcium help to keep the enamel strong, which makes it harder for bacteria to seep through.


COME TO US WHEN YOU HAVE DENTAL PAIN
If you’re experiencing any abnormal oral pain, such as a toothache, it’s important to contact our team as quickly as possible. We can help resolve your toothache quickly with professional dental care services. By ensuring that you receive regular preventive dentistry treatments, you can reduce your chances of ending up with oral pain in the future. We welcome you to contact us today to schedule your appointment at one of our local dental offices.

WHAT ARE COMMON CAUSES OF A TOOTHACHE?

A cavity or tooth decay is generally the most common cause of a toothache. However, there are other factors that may contribute to a toothache, such as:

  • Dental sensitivity: Some toothaches can be from teeth whitening. Generally, this type of toothache is temporary and is caused by the irritation of dental nerves from the active ingredient in the whitening formula.

  • Cracked or chipped tooth: A cracked or chipped tooth can lead to a toothache. Emergency dental care may be required in order to reduce your pain and restore the damaged tooth successfully.

  • Sinus infection: A sinus infection can cause pressure in the sinus cavities, temporarily leading to toothaches until the infection is resolved.

  • Abscess: A dental abscess is usually caused by a bacterial infection in the nerve of a tooth. A root canal or extraction is required to resolve this dental problem.

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