Why Do I Have a Toothache?

Man in Pain from Toothache

A toothache is usually caused by a cavity, but there are other reasons why one might develop.

One of the most common, yet uncomfortable, dental ailments is a toothache. Almost everyone will experience a toothache at least one time in their life, no matter how conscientious they are about taking care of their teeth. Most of the time, toothaches are the result of cavities, but not always. Here are some other reasons why you might have a toothache.

General Tooth Sensitivity

Feeling sharp pain when eating or drinking hot or cold foods could be indicative of a cavity developing in your teeth. However, it could also be a sign of sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth are caused by receding gums or thinning of the tooth enamel. You should contact your dentist to confirm the diagnosis, but in the meantime switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste specially formulated to treat tooth sensitivity.

Other Causes of a Toothache

There are other causes of toothaches that have nothing to do with cavities or tooth sensitivity. Did you know that sinus infections can cause a toothache? If you notice that only the upper teeth are in pain, it could be a result of sinusitis. It is usually accompanied by nasal congestion and sinus tenderness, and can often be treated and alleviated by your doctor. Another reason could be a disorder related to your jaw caused by direct injury or tooth grinding. If you still have your wisdom teeth, impacted molars can also cause jaw pain that could be mistaken for a toothache.

Some Toothaches are Different Than Others

If you’re experiencing a sharp, stabbing pain when you are chewing your food, your toothache might be caused by a cavity or a cracked tooth. However, you might be experiencing a throbbing, more incessant pain. This may be an indicator of an abscessed tooth or an infection. If this is the case, you should see a dentist as soon as possible to have it treated.

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