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Possible Causes of Toothaches

young woman with tooth painA toothache is enough to make anyone feel miserable. Not only is it a pain in the mouth, literally, but you may also experience some anxiety trying to figure out the cause. The many possibilities range from common oral issues to bad habits that we may not even be aware of. If you’re struggling with a toothache, the right thing to do is to make an appointment with your dentist. In the meantime, it may help to know some of the most common possible causes of toothaches.

Tooth Decay

One of the most prevalent oral ailments is something you’ve probably heard of since you were young — cavities. A cavity is tooth decay that has created a hole in your protective tooth enamel.

Although most cavities can be caught before they create pain, sometimes a toothache can develop as a result of the decay. Pain can range from sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks to a sharp ache. Tooth decay can be treated only by a dental professional, so be sure to call your dentist at the first sign of a toothache.

Other Dental Ailments

Although cavities are the number one culprit of toothaches, this symptom can be caused by other dental ailments as well. With the help of your dentist and their team, we can provide treatment and help you find relief. Other common dental issues that result in pain could be:

  • Tooth abscess: Infection that has spread to a tooth’s root and the surrounding tissue is called a tooth abscess.
  • Gum disease: This issue is infection and inflammation that causes red, bleeding gums and in some cases dull pain in the mouth.
  • Tooth fractures: Most people realize when they crack or chip a tooth. However, this damage can cause severe pain, especially if the fracture has exposed the nerve endings in the middle of the tooth.
  • Damaged fillings or sealants: When protective fillings or sealants are damaged, it can expose vulnerable parts of the tooth, resulting in pain that ranges from a dull ache to a piercing sensation.
  • Sensitivity to extreme temperatures: Sometimes when the tooth enamel has worn down, it can cause patients to become sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks.

If you think you may have any of these dental ailments, it’s essential that you see your dentist as soon as possible.

Teeth Grinding

Whether done in sleep or during the day, teeth grinding is a common cause of not just toothaches but also jaw, neck and related muscle pain. Most people who grind their teeth do so at night or because of stressful situations. This condition is also called Bruxism and can be treated with a custom mouthguard supplied by your dentist.

Improper Brushing or Flossing

Often, people don’t pay attention to the pressure they apply when caring for their teeth, and they end up pressing too hard when they brush or floss. This habit can lead to irritated gums, which causes them to recede. Receding gums are a common cause for toothaches. Your dentist may give you some brushing and flossing advice if this is the case.

If You Have a Toothache, Contact Alpen Dental

There are many possibilities when it comes to figuring out what’s causing your toothache. If you need relief, it’s important that you contact your dentist today. The friendly and capable team at Alpen Dental is available to help you find the cause and a source of treatment for your toothache. Contact us today.

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