We all know that the human body is incredibly complicated and unfortunately doesn’t always cooperate the way we want it to, but a toothache might just be at the top of the “not going to cooperate” list. Anyone who has ever experienced the pain of an achy tooth knows how unbearable it can be, but often knowing the exact cause can be a mystery.
Here is a list of some of the culprits that can cause that oh-so unwanted tooth pain:
This usually happens when eating or drinking hot or cold foods. If you are among those who shudders at the thought of biting into a popsicle, you understand what this feels like. One option is that this could be the warning sign of a dreaded cavity. Or this could be a sign that you simply have sensitive teeth, either from the thinning of your tooth enamel or from receding gums. To help ease the pain of sensitive teeth while you wait for a dental appointment with us, use a toothbrush with soft bristles and toothpaste that is specifically designed to help combat sensitivity.
Some are (obviously) more severe
If you are experiencing sharp or stabbing pain when you bite down or chew then the cause of your toothache could easily be a cavity or a cracked/chipped tooth. However, if the pain you are experiencing is throbbing and relentless then you may have an abscessed tooth and should contact us right away.
It may not even be your teeth
A sinus infection can wreak havoc on the status of your oral health. Sinusitis can cause pain in the upper sides of your teeth and face. If you are experiencing pressure from nasal congestions or tenderness around your sinuses, this is usually not a problem with your teeth, but a head cold that has gone rogue. You may think you have a toothache, but it could be a bigger problem masquerading as a dental issue. Contact us immediately if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Swelling around the tooth area
- Foul-tasting discharge
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
If you can identify the pain as being more in the jaw area it may be from temporomandibular disorders (TMDs), such as grinding your teeth in your sleep, trauma or injury to the jaw, arthritis, or cancer effects. If you haven’t had your wisdom teeth removed, the impacted molars could also be the cause of your pain.
You may think that the only time you need to come and see us for pain is when it is severe, but waiting for infrequent pain to become a constant torment can lead to bigger and badder problems. Something that could have been easily fixed, such as a cavity, could turn into a root canal procedure or tooth loss. Professional treatment is the best solution whenever you are experiencing any kind of dental pain.