What is a toothache?
This is a pain around the tooth, inside the tooth or along the nerves.
Potential Causes of Toothaches
There are many things that can cause a toothache, and variables such had dietary habits, trauma and adherence to regular dental care and oral health can all play a part in causing tooth decay, damage and/or pain. Some might be simple in nature and only require a warm compress on the side of the mouth to feel better. There are other reasons which can be more severe and that need to be examined by a dentist in order to be correctly diagnosed and fixed before the condition gets worse.
Tooth decay is the most common reason for a toothache. This is when bacteria sits on the tooth, eating away at the enamel. It can be on any area of the tooth. Left untreated, it will form a cavity that will need to be filled. If the cavity does not get treated, this can increase tooth sensitivity and you might experience pain when eating hot or cold foods if the nerves are exposed. An abscessed tooth is one that has an infection. It is important to get antibiotics for this because the infection can damage the tooth further if left untreated. The infection can also get in the bloodstream, leading to other health concerns.
A fracture on the tooth can cause a severe amount of pain. There are times when you can fracture a tooth and not know about it because there isn’t any pain, or the fracture may not be visible to the naked eye or perhaps you do not immediate feel any pain when the nerve is not exposed. The pain accompanying a tooth fracture can often be sharp, intense and occur during the act of biting or with release of biting pressure. However, if a tooth is knocked out from falling or being hit, as this could result in direct exposure and damage to the tooth nerves, there is a high probability that you will be in pain until the tooth is repaired or replaced.
If a filling comes out of the tooth or it is damaged, you might have pain in that area. While at the dental office, the dentist removes the decayed part of the tooth in order to get rid of the cavity before the tooth is filled. If that filling gets damaged or comes out, the area of the tooth near the roots and nerves can be exposed, increasingly the likelihood of pain an discomfort. You’ll need to go see your dentist to get the filling repaired as soon as possible.
[media-credit name=”bill wells” align=”alignleft” width=”350″][/media-credit]Grinding ones teeth can also lead to pain. The wearing down of teeth can lead to an uneven bite, exposure of more of the tooth and other damage that can lead to discomfort and pain. This can be prevented by wearing a mouth guard at night. Other causes of tooth pain include chewing on the same side of the mouth, chewing gum on a regular basis and other repetitive motions dealing with the mouth and teeth.
The diagnosis of toothache can be challenging, and only from an examination from your dentist can the source of a toothache be identified down to a specific tooth, teeth, or a non-dental cause.