Name That Ache: Identifying The Cause Of Your Toothache

Anyone who’s suffered from intense tooth pain can tell you: there’s no better way to ruin your day. A toothache– ongoing, achy pain in a single tooth– can greatly impede the sufferer’s ability to focus and function and should be treated immediately. There are several different things that can cause a toothache, but all have viable treatment options!

What’s Causing It?

Don’t ever view tooth pain the same way you would a cold; it’s not something you need endure and enduring it will not make it any better! Call your dentist if you’ve been experiencing any of the symptoms of a toothache. Below some of the most common causes of toothache are listed:

  • Cracked tooth- While a cracked tooth can feel sore, it most often feels like a sharp twinge of pain upon biting down. This is because the crack is opening and the nerve is ever so slightly being exposed.

  • Cavity- A toothache that is the result of a cavity causes a pain similar to that of a cracked tooth, except that it is constant (not dependent on whether or not you are biting down). This kind of pain gets worse when exposed to temperature extremes like hot or cold drinks.

  • Issues with root or nerve- Sometimes the root or nerve of a tooth can become infected or exposed. This is the most severe type of toothache and also the most serious. This can be a result of another dental issue left untreated like gum disease.

Call Dr. Bosse of Greenspoint Dental today if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of a toothache!