What’s Causing My Toothache? 

There could be several causes why you are experiencing a toothache, but instead of making your own diagnosis, visit a dentist!

For the most part toothaches result from years of previous issues. When you start to feel a toothache, don’t just hope that it will go away. Let a professional tell you exactly what is wrong and how you can fix it.


Got a toothache? Learn what might be causing it.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay takes time to buildup, as it is associated with an improper diet and poor dental hygiene practices. A decaying tooth may just need a filling, but if it has nerve damage or exposure of the root pulp, you are going to need to get a root canal. Sometimes multiple teeth can be affected by tooth decay at the same time, so this is one of the reasons why you may start to feel extensive toothaches.

Worn Teeth

Our teeth can face wear and tear as we age. If you have a toothache, you may have enamel loss, uneven teeth or chips and cracks that can cause sensitivity and pain. Normally, some type of tooth destruction will lead to toothaches and pain.

Losing Enamel

Your diet plays a large part in your oral health. If you eat or drink things that are acidic, you are at a high risk of losing your enamel, which can lead to toothaches. Brushing too hard can also lead to the enamel wearing down, so make sure to use soft bristled brushes for your oral hygiene routines. Dentin becomes exposed when the enamel is gone, and the exposed dentin causes sensitivity and pain.

Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding may be hard to initially notice as some people suffer from it while they sleep. Teeth grinding can cause fractures, unevenness and shifts in your bite. Since this can be difficult to notice, regular checkups are important so that a dentist can notice any drastic changes.

Infected Teeth

If you have a tooth that suffers decay or trauma, the tooth could become infected or have an abscess. You will need to get antibiotics to clear up the infection, so this is one of the reasons why you don’t want to wait until the last minute to see your dentist if you have a toothache.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

This is also something that may take time to develop, but when back molars fail to surface, you can start to experience strong toothaches. Impacted wisdom teeth can actually shift other teeth. Surgery may be necessary to remove the impacted wisdom teeth to help relieve the pain.

As you can see, toothaches are not something to take lightly.

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