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A Toothache Is Not Always a Cavity

September 13, 2017
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Even with the most conscientious of oral hygiene and dental checkups, you may still get a toothache in your life. A toothache is some sort of pain in your tooth or the surrounding areas. While a cavity may be the cause of your tooth pain, it is not always the culprit. A toothache can be caused by a wide range of reasons, each of which may require different treatment. Your dentist can often identify the source of a toothache, but it is best to get in to see your dentist when pain strikes.

Sensitive Teeth

Tooth pain may be caused by tooth sensitivity. If a toothache is spread across multiple teeth and comes on after hot, cold, or sweet foods, it may be caused by sensitivity. Sensitivity itself can be caused by a number of reasons such as bruxism (also known as teeth grinding), gum recession, or the thinning of the enamel. Bruxism can cause sensitivity by creating tiny cracks and breaks in the teeth from the grinding friction. Gum recession is caused by gum disease, and it is important to treat.

Jaw Pain or Sinus Pain

Sometimes, a toothache is not actually a toothache at all. The pain that may feel like it is emanating from the tooth can be coming from your jaw or sinus area. Jaw pain can be caused by temporomandibular joint disorder, which can be caused by bruxism. It can also be caused by a misalignment of the ridges of teeth. Problems with your sinus area, such as congestion from allergies or a sinus infection can cause swelling and pain that may feel like it is affecting your teeth.

Severe Tooth Damage

Some toothaches could have once been a cavity that has progressed to something more severe. Severe problems could have started from something other than a cavity, such as a broken tooth. If the pain is sharp and stabbing when you bite down, the cause could be a cavity or a cracked tooth. If the pain is throbbing and incessant pain, you may have an abscessed tooth or an infection. It is necessary for these types to be dealt with as soon as possible.

Your Dentist Can Help Determine the Cause of Your Toothache

Visit your dentist to relieve a toothache. To schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-427-4018.