Reasons Behind a Toothache

Reasons Behind a Toothache

Posted by ARDEN DENTAL CARE on Mar 2 2022, 06:58 AM

Reasons Behind a Toothache

Pain is one of the most common symptoms of a toothache. The tooth pain can range from mild to severe and can sometimes be described as a dull ache, sharp pain, throbbing, or sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks.

A dental infection is another most common cause of toothache. An infection is caused when bacteria invade your mouth. Bacteria are microscopic organisms that live in your mouth and on your teeth. When bacteria come into contact with food, they begin to multiply. These bacteria can cause tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and more. Other common causes of toothaches include:

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is the most common cause of toothaches. Cavities occur when bacteria in the mouth produce acids that slowly eat away at the tooth. If left untreated, decay can eventually reach the tooth’s inner pulp, causing intense pain. 

Gum Disease

Gum disease is the biggest cause of toothaches. If your dentist suspects that you have gum disease, you’ll receive a deep cleaning that removes plaque and tartar from your teeth. The deep gum pockets that form around your teeth can even lead to tooth loss.

Broken or Fractured Teeth

If a tooth breaks or fractures, it’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible. That’s because broken or fractured teeth can expose nerves and injure the supporting bone. Plus, because your smile is interconnected, one broken tooth can cause other teeth to shift and loosen.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Impacted wisdom teeth are a common cause of toothache. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, it means that they are trapped beneath gum tissue or bone. Impacted wisdom teeth can be painful and lead to other dental problems, such as infection.

Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain when they break through tissue and become infected. Your pain may also get worse over time as the wisdom teeth continue to move.

Loss of Enamel

Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. Although enamel is very strong, it can be chipped or cracked. When enamel is damaged or worn, the tooth is more vulnerable to infection. Cavities, tooth grinding, and acid reflux are all causes of enamel loss. This can all lead to toothache.

Please schedule an appointment online or call the Dentist in Sacramento, CA, at (916) 481-2001 to have a consultation with Dr. Talluri. We also serve areas including Sacramento 94203, Carmichael 95608, Arden-Arcade 95825, North Highlands 95660, and Citrus Heights 95621. 

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